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Former Simpsonville Officer Arrested In Connection With Murder Case

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State authorities say they have arrested a former Simpsonville police officer in connection with a murder case that is nearly three decades old. State authorities say they have arrested a former Simpsonville police officer in connection with a murder case that is nearly three decades old.
GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. -

Robbie Davis' life has been about hope.

After nearly three decades, Davis finally thought she would get justice for her daughter, Cassandra Johnson, who was found stabbed to death on West Georgia Road in 1984. And to this date, her murder has remained unsolved.

"Her life was just beginning and it was taken away from her," Davis said.

But early Tuesday, Davis' glimmer of hope quickly became another nightmare when she was called to the Thirteenth Circuit Solicitors Office.

"We thought that he was going to tell us that they made an arrest," she said. "That's what we thought."

Instead, Solicitor Walt Wilkins dropped a bombshell.

Former Simpsonville City Police Office investigator George Ralph Bobo, 53, was arrested and charged with misconduct in office and obstructing justice. According to arrest warrants obtained from the State Law Enforcement Division, Bobo "prevented, obstructed, impeded, or hindered the administration of justice by intentionally discarding and/or disposing of potential physical evidence collected in an ongoing murder investigation between March 27, 2000 and January 17, 2012."

Shortly after receiving the warrants, Wilkins confirmed that it was Johnson's murder investigation that had been compromised.

"I could not believe it," said Davis. "What? You say what? It was a hard pill to swallow."

Wilkins tells us they had six potential suspects, but without the evidence the case is impossible to prosecute.

"There's a significant chance this family will not get closure because we cannot go forward with this case at this time" Wilkins said.

7 On Your Side's Rachel Kent went to Bobo's home to get his side of the story, but nobody came to the door.

However, when she spoke with Davis, she had plenty to say about the former officer who promised to catch her daughter's killer.

"He looked me in my face and tell me I'm doing all I can" she said.

Despite the arrest and the findings, Davis is still hanging on tightly to her faith.

"You have got to believe," she said.

Belief that one day her family will find peace and her daughter's killer.

Bobo was released from the Greenville County Detention center late Tuesday afternoon on $60,000 bond. If convicted, he faces 20 years in prison.

After serving with the Simpsonville Police Department, Bobo spent almost a year with the Mauldin Police Department. Mauldin Police Chief Bryan Turner said Bobo resigned for personal reasons.

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