Buster Murdaugh breaks silence on ‘vicious rumors’ about Stephen Smith’s ‘tragic death’



Buster Murdaugh, the son of Alex Murdaugh, listens to his father testify during his trial for murder at the Colleton County Courthouse in Walterboro, S.C., on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2023. The 54-year-old attorney is standing trial on two counts of murder in the shootings of his wife and son at their Colleton County, S.C., home and hunting lodge on June 7, 2021. (Joshua Boucher/The State via AP, Pool)

The eldest and surviving son of convicted double murderer Alex Murdaugh has released a statement categorically denying involvement in the 2015 death of Stephen Smith, after a Netflix series and news of forthcoming independent autopsy brought renewed attention to the teen’s case.

“I have tried my best to ignore the vicious rumors about my involvement in Stephen Smith’s tragic death that continue to be published in the media as I grieve over the brutal murders of my mother and brother. I love them so much and miss them terribly,” Buster Murdaugh said Monday. “I haven’t spoken up until now because I want to live in private while I cope with their deaths and my father’s incarceration.”

Buster Murdaugh reiterated recent claims that he has been “harassed” by media members since his father was found guilty of murdering his brother Paul Muradaugh, 22, and mom Maggie Murdaugh, 52.

“This has gone on far too long,” the scion of the Murdaugh legal dynasty said, rejecting “baseless rumors of [his] involvement with Stephen and his death” as “false.”

Buster Murdaugh offered condolences to the Smiths and “unequivocally” denied involvement in Stephen’s death — calling any such rumor “defamatory.”

“I unequivocally deny any involvement in his death, and my heart goes out to the Smith family,” he said. “I am requesting that the media immediately stop publishing these defamatory comments and rumors about me.”

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