Ex-Georgia basketball player now at Tulane charged with murder

Teshaun Hightower

Teshaun Hightower


A former University of Georgia basketball player now on Tulane University’s team has been charged with murder.

Jail records confirm Teshaun Hightower was arrested and booked into the Henry County jail at 9:50 p.m. Saturday. According to the information, Hightower was charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and battery.

Hightower, originally from Lithonia, arrived at UGA from Mount Zion Prep in Baltimore. The AJC reported in April 2019 that the former Georgia sophomore point guard had announced on Twitter his intention to transfer to Tulane.

Hightower played his senior season at Collins Hill High and made the AJC all-metro team for Gwinnett County. He then went to prep school for a year in Baltimore.

Hightower was the Green Wave’s leading scorer in the 2019-20 season, according to ESPN.com.

— Todd Holcomb contributed to this report.

Top row, from left: Tyreek Farmer, Tobias Gresham, Antoine Gresham. Bottom: Teshaun Hightower, Jeffrey Hightower, Kelvonie Burney

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Three suspects are behind bars and three more are wanted after a 24-year-old was gunned down earlier this month at an apartment complex near Stockbridge.

Officers responded to the 600 building of Spindletop Way just before 11 a.m. April 8 after receiving a call about a person shot, according to a Henry County police report.

The victim, Devante Anthony Long, was taken to the hospital, where he died of his injuries, Henry County police spokesman Capt. Randy Lee said.

Few details about the fatal shooting have been released, but investigators determined six people were involved.

Three of those suspects — Tyreek Farmer, Tobias Gresham and Antoine Gresham —have since been arrested, authorities said. All three are charged with murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. They are being held without bond at the Henry County Jail, records show.

Three others — Teshaun Hightower, Jeffrey Hightower and Kelvonie Burney — are still wanted by police.

Anyone with information about the shooting or the suspects' whereabouts is asked to contact Henry County detectives at 770-288-8494. Those wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to submit tips to Crime Stoppers by calling 404-577-8477, texting information to 274637 or visiting the Crime Stoppers website.

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