A Georgia woman and her lover are now facing murder charges for the death of her husband. According to WSBTV, Atlanta security guard George Young was murdered on his front porch back in November of 2017. While it’s taken investigators months to build a substantial case against the pair, it looks like they’ve been able to gather enough evidence to make the arrests. On Monday, April 2, Tia Young and her lover Harvey Timothy Lee were arrested in connection with the murder, which took place on November 16, 2017. For those who missed the news reports about Young’s murder, the harrowing incident took place in the front of his home following what should have just been a typical day of work.
A Typical Day Turned Nightmare:
On November 16, 2017, George Young was returning home from his job as an Atlanta security guard at Lenox Square when he was gunned down on his front porch. At the time, Cpl. Michele Pihera, spokeswoman for the Gwinnett County Police Department, offered details about the shooting based on statements from family members. “Several family members from inside the home heard the gunshots and went outside to investigate the source,” Cpl. Pihera said at the time. “That’s when they found the victim on the porch.”
As expected, Tia Young’s initial story was nothing like the detailed conclusion investigators came to. She was one of several family members who claimed to have just heard the shots fired. “I heard two loud gunshots,” she told the publication. “I thought it was gunshots, but I wasn’t sure what it was, whether it was firecrackers. So I ran to my brother’s room. He wasn’t in there.”
At the time, she even appeared to be the grieving, distraught wife. “My heart just bleeds for my children as a mom, you know. I don’t know how I’m going to do it by myself,” Tia Young told CBS46 shortly after the shooting. “I heard two loud gunshots. I thought it was gunshots. I wasn’t sure what it was. I said, ‘Why?’ He said just call 911. I said, ‘What is it? Is somebody shot?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Who?’ And he said, ‘George.’”
On Tuesday, April 3, Gwinnett Police detective David Smith released a statement about Young and Lee’s arrests. He revealed details about the $1 million life insurance policy and explained how investigators speculated the policy was the motive behind the murder. Once investigators learned of the sizable insurance policy, Smith confirmed he made a call to halt the payout once the two were considered suspects. “The detective believes that the murder of George was financially motivated,” Gwinnett police Cpl. Michele Pihera said. “George had a life insurance policy for a significant amount of money. Tia has not been able to collect on the policy.”
Cousins Or Lovers?:
At the time of the shooting, Lee – who was said to be a family friend – was also residing in the home. However, investigators later learned that he was also having a secret affair with Tia Young. Initially, Tia Young attempted to lie about her relationship with Lee insisting they were cousins. That claim raised a red flag for investigators once it was confirmed that there was no blood relationship between Young and Lee. “Early on, the detective found evidence to suggest that Tia and Tim Lee were involved in an intimate relationship,” Pihera said. “Though Tia originally claimed that Tim was a ‘cousin’ or ‘brother’ type of family member, there is nothing to suggest that they are related.”
Early evidence about the shooting also suggested that it was premeditated. “The preliminary evidence at the crime scene suggests that George was shot by someone waiting for his arrival on his front porch,” police said at the time.
A Good Deed Gone Terribly Wrong:
Investigators also learned that Young and Lee, both South Carolina natives, had been friends since early adulthood but she went on to marry young. When Lee fell on hard times, George Young actually invited him to stay with him and his wife. Then to make matters worse, Young also hired Lee to work with him so he could begin working to get back on his feet. Little did he know, the seemingly good deed would backfire and lead to his untimely death.
When investigators interviewed Tia Young, inconsistencies in her story about the hours leading up to her husband’s death also raised red flags. “When the detective began to interview Tia and Tim about the night of the homicide and their history together, he found inconsistencies in their stories,” she said. “Tia and Tim were brought into (Gwinnett police) headquarters (on Monday) afternoon. Both have denied any involvement in the murder of George. Following their interviews, they were transported to the Gwinnett County Jail.”
Tia Young and Harvey Timothy Lee have been arrested and charged with malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault. The pair have also been denied bond as they are considered a “flight risk,” according to the arrest warrant.