Sheriff: 'A significant step' made as 4 people named in Allison Griffor murder case
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon says four men may face murder charges four years after 5-year-old Allison Griffor was shot and killed during a home invasion in West Ashley.
He identified them by hanging their photos on the wall: Phillip Moses, Franklin Glover, Shyrome Johnson and Levell Leonard Grant. Johnson was arrested on Thursday. His bail was set at $200,000 on Friday afternoon.
At a press conference Friday afternoon, Cannon said Shyrome Johnson was interviewed as early as Nov. 9, 2011 by investigators looking for answers into Griffor's shooting death.
Cannon said Johnson lied to investigators about knowing who was involved in the failed home invasion on Pierpont Avenue, adding that Johnson and the three other men identified Friday as suspects were stopped by City of Charleston police near the scene of the shooting a short time after it happened.
"This is a step in an ongoing investigation in the murder of this little girl," Cannon said. "It's a significant step."
The case against Johnson and the identities of the other three men came in July 2014, Cannon said, when Johnson was stopped by North Charleston police on unrelated charges and arrested.
In a taped interview during that ride to jail, Johnson confirmed that he had been lying to Charleston County investigators about the shooting of Griffor. Investigators used that taped interview to corroborate evidence and identify the other three people before arresting him this week.
Cannon said the names of the suspects are not new to the case.
Cannon did not say if Glover or Grant are already in custody.
The Griffor family said in a statement that they hope the arrest of Johnson will lead to more developments and charges against the people who killed their daughter.
"We pray that Shyrome Johnson will do the right thing and give the Griffor family some peace and knowledge that those who committed this sin shall be held accountable for their actions very soon," the statement reads.