A man pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his roommate in southwest Atlanta in 2014, sending a picture of the body to a friend and dumping it in Alabama, Fulton County prosecutors said Wednesday.
Teon Graham, 26, was sentenced to life in prison on a number of charges, including murder and concealing a death.
Graham confessed to shooting and killing 25-year-old Tion Casterman, according to a statement from Fulton District Attorney Paul Howard Jr.’s office.
The roommates got into a fight at their apartment on May 3, 2014, prompting the gunfire.
“Graham claimed that Casterman owed him $5,000 from a fraudulent student loan that they worked together to obtain,” Howard’s office said.
Graham said the victim refused to pay him the money, and he shot Casterman once in the back of the head.
He called a mutual friend, informing her that he just killed Casterman.
“The friend did not believe Graham, so he texted her a picture of Casterman’s body,” the statement said.
Graham then went to a different friend’s house and forced him at gunpoint to help dispose of the body, prosecutors said. Graham drove in the victim’s car to West Blocton, Ala., and dumped the body in a tree-lined area.
The next day, Graham’s girlfriend and her mother got Facebook messages informing them of Casterman’s disappearance and Graham’s suspected involvement. The mother called authorities and Graham was subsequently arrested.
He then admitted to the murder and told investigators where the body was located.
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