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Daughter of woman murdered in 1984 cold case sues city, police department

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George Ralph Bobo (Source: Greenville Co. Detention Center) George Ralph Bobo (Source: Greenville Co. Detention Center)
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SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The daughter of an Upstate woman raped and murdered in a 1984 cold case is suing the City of Simpsonville and the Simpsonville Police Department for damages after vital evidence in the case was mishandled by their employee.

The lawsuit comes just over 2 years after former Simpsonville police officer George Ralph Bobo was sentenced on a misconduct in office charge in connection with the case.

According to Clovetta Johnson's lawsuit filed on June 16, Johnson's mother, Cassandra Johnson, was raped and murdered in SImpsonville in 1984. Over time, the case went cold, as the police department continued promising Johnson and her family that they were doing all they could to find and bring the killer to justice.

The lawsuit states that due to advancements in investigative technology made since the tragic incident, Johnson had held out hope that the killer would ultimately be found and brought to justice as well.

On June 16, 2015, however, George Ralph Bobo pleaded guilty to statutory misconduct in office and all Johnson's hopes "came crashing down."

During Bobo's plea, he admitted to removing hair samples from the murder investigation's evidence locker and ultimately destroying them to protect the man who discovered Cassandra Johnson's body, severely impacting the investigation.

Due to Bobo's actions and those of the City of Simpsonville and the Simpsonville Police Department, the lawsuit said Clovetta Johnson will never find the closure she held onto hope for, or learn the identity of the person that murdered her mother.

The lawsuit states that Johnson is suing the city and police department for failing to properly train and supervise their employees, failing to institute proper hiring and evaluation procedures for officers and other employees, failure to establish proper procedures that would have led to the discovery of inappropriate handling of evidence by its employees, failure to check compliance with policies, state laws and existing orders, failure properly supervise and terminate Bobo after they had actual notice of his actions, and failure to properly handle evidence.

The lawsuit stated that Johnson suffers damages as a direct result of the city and police department's actions, entitling her to damages.

Johnson has requested a trial by jury.

PREVIOUSLYFormer Simpsonville police officer sentenced on misconduct in office charge

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