Teshaun Hightower, NBA Prosecutor, charged with murder in Georgia


MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) – A Tulane University basketball player who recently testified for the NBA draft was charged with murder and other charges in a Georgia massacre.

Teshaun Hightower, who led the green wave in scoring last season, was sentenced to several prison terms on Saturday, including murder and aggravated assault, according to Henry County prison records.

He was one of six people wanted for a homicide on April 8 in Stockbridge, Georgia, said Henry County police on Facebook on Friday. Police spokesman Captain Randy Lee told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the victim, Devante Anthony Long, died of gunshot wounds after being taken to hospital.

Prison records show that five of the six men are currently in police custody, including Hightower’s brother Jeffrey Hightower.

On the day of the shooting, Teshaun Hightower posted a tweet that said “God protect my people”.

Tulane “immediately dismissed” Hightower from the basketball program after learning of his arrest, sports director Troy Dannen said in a statement.

Hightower, 22, said he entered the NBA draw group on April 18, just 10 days after Long’s death. In his Twitter ad, the young goaltender said he plans to continue the option of returning to school with one year of eligibility.

The 6’5-inch Hightower, from Lithonia, Georgia, averaged 15.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in the 2019-2020 season, his only one at Tulane. He played the previous two seasons in Georgia before his transfer.

Before college, Hightower attended Mt. Zion Prep near Baltimore.

It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer who could comment on his behalf. Prison records show that he was scheduled to appear in court on Sunday.


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