Independent Exhumation, Autopsy and Investigation

The family of Stephen N. Smith is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received from Standing for Stephen and the community as a whole. You have been monumental in shining light on Stephen's story and the lack of justice.

We feel it's critical to seek a new goal - an independent exhumation and autopsy - and we're launching Justice for Stephen N. Smith with that immediate goal in mind. While the state can elect and fund an exhumation and new autopsy, it is our understanding that it would be carried out at MUSC, where his death was initially classified as hit-and-run despite no evidence to support it.

We need a new, unbiased look at his body and an accurate determination of his cause of death based on facts. There was no debris in the road, and his injuries were not consistent with a hit-and-run.

We have learned that an independent autopsy will be approximately $7,000. In addition, a private medical examiner must be present from the start of the exhumation through the examination period at a cost of approximately $750 per hour.

Plus we expect other expenses as we pursue justice for Stephen. No funds from this GoFundMe will be kept by Sandy Smith nor as fees for her new attorneys Eric Bland & Ronnie Richter who are donating their time to the exhumation effort.


It is a huge expense and undertaking, but we are hoping that with your support we can make this happen and finally get the answers we need. If you can give, we thank you for your generosity. If you cannot give, we would appreciate you sharing and praying for justice for Stephen.

We believe 2023 is Stephen's year. Thank you all again for the love and support.

Organizer and beneficiary

Sandy Smith
Barnwell, SC
Stephen N. Smith Investigation Trust

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