Stephen Smith was 19 years old in 2015 when he was found dead on a rural South Carolina road in what was officially ruled a hit-and-run, despite the incident report stating there was “no evidence to suggest the victim was struck by a vehicle.”

Then state investigators reopened the case earlier this year after they found new information while looking into a double homicide that left a mother and son dead.

Now court documents have revealed Smith’s death appears to have been briefly mentioned last year in an unrelated lawsuit involving one of the murder victims – a member of

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