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Police release more details in Misty Johnson death investigation

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Misty Johnson and Samuel Hawkins (Source: Greenville Police Dept.) Misty Johnson and Samuel Hawkins (Source: Greenville Police Dept.)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

More details have been released in the death investigation and arrest of a man accused of killing a Greenville woman who disappeared in September.

Greenville police arrested Samuel Hawkins, 33, and charged him with the murder of 39-year-old Misty Johnson earlier this week.

Hawkins was taken into custody at Bailey's Sports Bar & Grille on Laurens Road on Monday, police said. Jonathan Bragg with the Greenville Police Department said Hawkins and Johnson were acquaintances, and her car was found parked across from his home after her disappearance.

According to his police and warrants, Hawkins and Johnson got into a fight at her apartment the night she disappeared. Johnson was last seen on Sept. 12, leaving Junior's sports bar on Gladys Drive by herself. Her body was found along Whispering Hollow Road near Interstate 85 on Oct. 30.

Warrants said Hawkins was in her neighborhood, knocking on doors asking for a ride, and they got into an argument at her apartment and she kicked him out.

The next morning, Hawkins was seen driving her car, according to police.

Police said they found Johnson's car several feet away from Hawkins' home - and that's why a friend of Hawkins said he did not kill her.

"It couldn't have been him. Someone had to set him up. Why would you park the car across the street if you did something that terrible?" said Pete Poulos, a friend of Hawkins.

Poulos said Hawkins was initially questioned by police and released.

Hawkins' attorney Grant Varner said the reason why Johnson's car ended up in front of his client's home will be "something that will eventually come out."

"My client absolutely, 100 percent, maintains he did not murder Misty Johnson, and we look forward to more information being released," Varner said.

Johnson's death remains under investigation. The coroner's office said because her remains were mostly skeletal, they are still working to determine how she died and so far, her death has not been ruled a homicide.

Hawkins is being held in the Greenville County Detention Center without bond.

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