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The State Law Enforcement Division has opened an investigation into the unsolved death of 19-year-old Stephen Smith, whose body was found in July 2015 in Hampton County. And a grand jury has been empaneled to investigate possible officer misconduct during the investigation of the 2019 boat crash that killed 19-year-old Mallory Beach.

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Just days after The Post and Courier sued for an incident report of a high-profile double homicide in Colleton County, the State Law Enforcement Division released 18 pages of supplemental reports in the case — including eight pages almost entirely redacted.

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The State Law Enforcement Division released new information June 15 about its investigation into the deaths of Paul Murdaugh and his mother, Maggie, while confirming police were treating the deaths as murders. 

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SC law leaves no doubt that police have to release the police report on the shooting deaths of Paul and Maggie Murdagh, whose bodies were found in the powerful family's hunting lodge in Colleton County more than a week ago. Theirs refusal feeds dangerous speculation about its motives and how it knows the public isn't in danger.