Family of Drenika Hopper respond to murder charge dropped in 2017 case

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CHEROKEE COUNTY (WSPA) – An Upstate family is seeking justice after the person accused of killing their loved was sentenced to 15 years in jail on unrelated charges.

On Wednesday, we reported that the murder charge against Joshua David Mosley, a man who was originally charged in the deadly shooting of Drenika Lanette Hopper, 20, of Carrollton, Ga., in January 2017, was dropped.

On Jan. 8, 2017, deputies were called to a home in the 300 block of Morris Drive and found Hopper shot in the head inside the home.

Hopper was taken to an area hospital where she later died from her injuries.

In October 2018, Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said Mosley was charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime following an investigation into Hopper’s death.

According to our previous report, Mosley was already in jail on a burglary and drug charge, as well as an obstruction of justice charge related to the Hopper case. The obstruction of justice charge was in reference to evidence taken from the crime scene, after Mosley reportedly tried to dispose of evidence under a bridge off of Pacolet Highway the same day of the shooting.

The evidence was later recovered by crime scene investigators that same day and was processed.

On Monday, Hopper’s family learned from the Cherokee County Solicitor’s Office that Mosley was sentenced.

“I want justice for my daughter, and I don’t know what’s the hold up,” Hopper’s mother, Latoria Dowdle said.

Dowdle said she is still mourning her daughter’s death more than two years after she was killed.

“This year, Jan. 8, will be three years and it’s just been hard,” Bernadette Jeffries, Hopper’s grandmother, said.

On Wednesday, the 7th Circuit Solicitor’s Office said that Mosley pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary, obstructing justice and possession of methamphetamine and he was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

“We only have one shot to get it right and we need more evidence to do it,” solicitor’s office spokesman Murray Glenn said in reference to the Hopper case.

Community activist Jack Logan added that “as of this date, if this case was to go to trial there’s a 60 to 40 chance this man could walk and then you can’t re-try.”

According to the solicitor’s office, this case is still open.

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