Tamla Horsford was found dead in the backyard of a Forsyth County, GA home on Nov. 4, 2018 after partying and drinking with 10 women and 3 men at a slumber party the night before.
Banks Stubbs & McFarland attorney Eric Tatum filed a lawsuit on Monday, Feb. 25, on behalf of the homeowner, Jeanne Meyers, and seven people who attended the slumber party.
The lawsuit accuses Horsford‘s best friend, Michelle Wynne Graves, of making numerous statements on social media and across multiple sources that eight individuals were “responsible for the death and/or that they aided and abetted the murder” of Horsford.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office last week closed the investigation into Horsford’s death after Horsford’s case received national attention in the news media.
A medical examiner ruled Horsford’s death was the result of an accidental fall from a residential deck. The coroner’s report described Horsford’s horrific injuries – including a broken neck and traumatic brain injuries – as consistent with a fall from a 10-15 foot elevation.
In the lawsuit Meyers et al v. Graves, Tatum claims his clients – homeowner Meyers, Nichole Lawson, Stacy Smith, Thomas Smith, Bridget Fuller, Marcy Hardin and Jose Barrera – have suffered “irreparable damage” to their character, reputation and business as a result of the statements allegedly made by Graves.
According to the Forsyth County News, the complaint lists 13 posts made by Graves on Facebook.com naming each of the plaintiffs and making various statements about Horsford’s death.
“Defendant made these false statements maliciously with the intent to injure Plaintiffs by accusing Plaintiffs of committing murder and/or aiding and abetting the same, behaviors that are so repugnant, debased and immoral that it could exclude Plaintiffs from society,” the complaint states. “Defendant’s intentions have been carried out, as some of the posts have been seen more than 100,000 times.”
The lawsuits states that as a result of the widespread attention online, Graves’ claims have caused the plaintiffs and their families to fear for their lives.
But Graves dismissed the lawsuit as frivolous in a statement to the Forsyth County News.
“I state nothing but factual information which was verified after reading case file obtained through open records,” she said. “I stand strong behind my statement that these people know what happened, and if they were not directly involved, they have not come forward with the truth.”
She also said similar complaints filed against her have been dismissed in lower courts.
Court records obtained by the Forsyth County News show that a temporary protective order filed by Jeanne Meyers against Graves was dismissed in November 2018.
“This is nothing more than another intimidation tactic on their part,” Graves said in a message to the FCN. “These people caused this negative attention by having a party where someone lost their life.”
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office just announced the investigation into the death of Tamla Horsford is closed. Investigators ruled Horsford’s death was caused by an accidental fall from a deck in the backyard of a home in Forsyth County.
Horsford, a 40-year-old mother-of-5, was found dead in the backyard at 7:30 a.m. after attending an adult slumber party on Nov. 4, 2018. Her head, torso and extremities showed signs of trauma inconsistent with an 8-foot fall from a 2nd story balcony.
Horsford’s best friend, Michelle Wynne Graves says, “It’s impossible to get the injuries that she had from one fall.”
According to the sheriff’s office, the major crimes unit and detectives “found no evidence indicative of foul play or an assault.” Detectives spent 300 man hours conducting the investigation and interviewing 30 witnesses.
Horsford’s father, Kurtland St. Jour, spoke with Ryan Cameron on Majic 107.5 after the press conference on Wednesday.
Mr. St. Jour told Ryan he felt better that the case is closed, because now his attorney (Lee Merritt) can request crime scene photos and other evidence.
He said there was no action in the death investigation until the officials were pressured by social media posts and local news reports this week.
Mr. St. Jour said the owner of the house stated no one fell off her deck in a post on Facebook.
Mr. St. Jour said a pathologist who conducted a 2nd autopsy on Horsford found post-mortem injuries. He said her wrist was broken but the pathologist found no blood pooling from the wrist injury, meaning she was dead when her wrist was fractured.
Tamla Horsford was found dead at football moms sleepover. This is 40 years old Tamla, mother of 5 boys and a daughter. She was murdered on November 4th 2018, while attending a sleep over with 7 white woman. What was supposed to be an all woman’s slumber party, ended in a mysterious night of questions. Tamla Horsford was found dead and brutally beaten face down in the yard later that morning.
Her body was discovered by the homeowner’s aunt at 7:30 am. 911 was called around 9:30 am at the same house these women shared laughs and drinks earlier that evening. Now here’s the strange part, three men also attended this sleep over, so out of the 10 people present nobody knows what happen to Tamla? So you mean to tell Tamla was murdered at this sleep over, and nobody heard or seen anything. Yes correct nobody knows what happen. To top it off there was no thorough murder investigation, and procedure was not followed. The news was never involved. Tamla’s family hasn’t received autopsy reports stating the cause of death. So this black lady gets murders and everyone walks out free…back to their football mom duties. These families involved have political ties and lots of money. They’re covering up her murder. In fact they believe no one cares enough about this BLACK LADY. Since like white privilege to me, what y’all think? Justice for Tamla Horsford!