Today the tragic consequences of courts and law enforcement sheltering a murderous police officer are clear: Glynn County police officer Robert “Cory” Sasser stalked and brutally murdered his estranged wife, Katie Kettles Sasser, and a friend, John Hall, Jr., on June 28, 2018, before killing himself. Sasser was one of two Glynn County police officers who shot Caroline McGehee Small from pointblank range as she sat in her automobile, seconds after she was run off the road and trapped by police vehicles on June 18, 2010. The police dashcam video that recorded the shooting also captured Sasser and Simpson,(the second officer) bragging about their marksmanship and telling a bystander, a former EMT, not to render aid because "she's dead. I shot her in the head, her head exploded."
Any reasonable person who viewed the dashcam and learned the circumstances of the pursuit and shooting of Caroline Small could come to only one conclusion: Caroline was murdered by Sasser and Simpson, who showed a callous disregard for her life. However, the Glynn County police rushed to protect Sasser and Simpson from prosecution by altering the crime scene, interfering with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's inquiry, and preparing false evidence for the grand jury. District Attorney Jackie Johnson actively abetted their efforts by presenting a biased case to the grand jury, including the false evidence prepared by the police department. She did this even though, as she later told Caroline's mother, Karen McGehee, when she saw the dashcam video she knew right away that Caroline's car could not have escaped.
Brad Schrade's excellent article in the August 26, 2018 edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, raises serious questions about the competence of Glynn County’s police department, District Attorney, and its courts. The article describes how easily Sasser flouted the weak bond conditions imposed by the Court at the urging of the District Attorney. He quickly re-acquired his firearms that the Court placed in his son's custody, and was able to purchase an additional weapon because he was allowed to retain his concealed carry permit.
The article also explains how Sasser returned to Glynn County in violation of the conditions of his bond to stalk and murder Katie Kettles Sasser and John Hall. In an earlier article Brad Schrade reported that the District Attorney's office agreed to bond on very lenient terms and discouraged an investigator from testifying that Sasser was dangerous and should not be released on bond. It may be true that no Glynn County officer or official directly aided Sasser when he asked for their help to locate his victims, but neither did they warn Sasser’s victims or take any steps to protect them. Nor did these officers report that Sasser had returned to Glynn County in violation of his bond. As a practical matter, the Glynn County police, the District Attorney, and the courts simply stood by as Robert Sasser pursued his murderous plans.
The AJC article points to numerous unanswered questions. For example:
Why did the Glynn County police, District Attorney, and the Courts go to such great lengths to protect Sasser from prosecution in 2010, and to have him released on weak bond conditions in 2018?
Why did the District Attorney’s office suppress the testimony of an investigator who was convinced that Sasser was a danger to his ex-wife and should not be released?
Why did the Glynn County court agree to such lenient bond terms for Sasser without any independent inquiry into the danger that he posed to his ex-wife?
Why was Sasser released on a minimal bond after he assaulted his wife and Glynn County police officers, and why was his bond not revoked later when he publicly threatened his estranged wife?
Why did the officers whom Sasser contacted for assistance in locating Katie Settles Sasser and John Hall not report these contacts to the Chief of Police, the District Attorney, and the Court when it must have been clear to them that he was in Glynn County in violation of his bond, and he was stalking Katie Settles Sasser and Hall?
And, finally, given his history of violent and erratic behavior, why was Robert Sasser ever deemed qualified to serve as a police officer?