Tulane guard Teshaun Hightower arrested, charged in Georgia homicide


Colin Threlkeld, Senior Staff Reporter

UPDATE 4/29: Hightower’s attorney, Averick Walker, told ESPN that Hightower’s brother had shot the gun in self defense, and that his client was not culpable. Hightower’s brother, Jeffrey, was also arrested on charges of aggravated assault, felony murder, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony and battery.

Teshaun Hightower, a standout guard on the Tulane men’s basketball team, has been charged with murder, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony and battery in connection with the April 8 homicide of Devante Anthony Long in Stockbridge, Georgia. NBC Sports first reported the arrest.

On Friday, Stockbridge police put out a “be on the lookout” in search of six men, including Hightower, who were wanted in connection with the homicide. Police made the arrest at approximately 9:50 p.m. Saturday night according to jail records. 

Hightower, who declared for the NBA draft on April 18, made his first appearance in court Sunday morning and is being held at Henry County Jail in Georgia. He is due to appear in court again on May 20. 

Hightower transferred to Tulane from the University of Georgia after his freshman season, averaging 15.9 points per game this year for the Green Wave.

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