Teshaun Hightower, Tulane University's star basketball player leading their team in scoring this past year, has been charged with murder and a number of other charges. Law enforcement officials have arrested five individuals in total, including Hightower, in connection with the murder in Stockbridge, Georgia, which sits just south of Atlanta. Hightower recently declared for the NBA draft, but upon hearing of his arrest, Tulane University cut ties with him. The victim, Devante Anthony Long, died from gunshot wounds after he was taken to a hospital.
According to a law enforcement source, the investigation is likely looking to convince one of the suspects to give information on the others, which is why they decided to arrest five of the six suspects. They said that it would be highly unlikely that the police have footage of all six men committing the crime, but is the only other possible reason for five of the six suspects to have been brought in.
According to reporting by The Guardian, Averick Walker, Hightower's attorney, stated that Teshaun did not fire the weapon but that his brother did. The attorney stated that his brother, Jeffery Hightower, pulled the trigger and that it was in self-defense. The Guardian went on to quote Walker as saying, "It's sad that this detective sought to make him out to be a monster, and he's not. When it's all said and done, it will come out in the wash that the person who did fire the gun shot the gun to protect Teshaun."
Hightower had only played one season at Tulane, having transferred from Georgia after two seasons. Hightower averaged 15.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game this year at Tulane.