NBA Draft prospect Teshaun Hightower charged with Murder, other charges

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Teshaun Hightower was a basketball player. Now, he is known as a jail inmate.

Hightower was arrested on Saturday and has been charged with murder. He is one of five men, who the authorities, have been arrested in a homicide investigation following a shooting earlier this month in Georgia. 

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The incident happened on April 8th in Stockbridge, Georgia. 24-year-old Devante Long passed away from the shooting. 

Besides being charged with murder, Hightower — who was an NBA Draft prospect before this arrest — he is also charged with aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and battery. 

Tulane University after news broke of his arrest has dismissed him from the school. He had the option to return to the school after going through the process for the next level. 

He declared for the NBA Draft on April 18th. Instead of playing on the hardwood again, he is lodged at the Henry County Jail. 

Besides Hightower and his brother Jeffrey Hightower, the other suspects include Kelvonie Burney, Tyreek Famer, Tobias Gresham and Antonie Gresham. Five of the six men have been arrested so far. 

At this time, it is not clear what individual is still wanted by the authorities. 

On April 8th, the authorities were called to the scene at approximately 11 am to the 600 building of Spindletop Way. After being shot, Long passed away at a local hospital. 

Later that day at 6:07 pm, Hightower wrote “God protect my people.”

Hightower played two seasons at Georgia before transferring to Tulane. This past season, he averaged 15.9 points per game.

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