GWINNETT COUNTY, Georgia – More than four months after a man’s death, his wife and her side dude have been charged with murder.
On November 17, 2017, George Young, 43, was shot to death on his own front porch, as he returned from his job as a security guard.
The shooting happened around midnight, on the 3100 block of Montauk Hill Drive.
Shortly after the deadly shooting George’s wife, Tia Trollyne Young, spoke with detectives and a news reporter saying she heard at least two gunshots and found George dead at the front door.
“I heard two loud gunshots,” she told Channel 2’s Tony Thomas. “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.”
The brother was downstairs on his laptop, Tia said at the time.
“So I asked him did he hear that noise,” she said. “He said, ‘Yeah. It sounded like two gunshots.’”
Young said her brother went outside and found George Young, shot.
“He said, ‘Just call 911.’ I said, ‘Why, was somebody shot?’ and he said, ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Who?’ And he said, ‘George.'”
With tears in her eyes, Tia told a news reporter “Its’ the hardest thing I’ve been through.”
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On Monday April 2, 2018, Tia Trollyne Young, 42, and Harvey Timothy Lee, 38, who also lived at the Young’s Buford residence, were arrested for the murder of father of 3, George Young.
They were booked on malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault charges, according to Gwinnett jail records.
“The detective believes that the murder of George was financially motivated,” 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.”
For months, police suspected the crime was not a random act of violence and said as much in December after Crime Stoppers increased the reward for information in the case from the traditional $2,000 to $5,000.
“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.
When a detective began to interview Tia Young and Tim Lee about the night of the homicide and their history together, he found inconsistencies in their stories. According to police, Tia Young and Tim Lee gave different accounts about how they found George Young’s body, when they found it and when they called 911.
Additionally, “the detective found evidence to suggest that Tia and Tim 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.”
George and Tia Young and Tim Lee knew each other from early adulthood, police said. They are originally from South Carolina.
“When Tim became unemployed,” Pihera said, “George invited Tim to live with their family in Buford. George hired Tim to work with him at a security company.”
Ultimately the two decided to kill George for his $1 Million insurance policy, police said on Tuesday.
Murder suspects Tia Young and Tim Lee appearing in court to hear charges against them. Both accused of killing Tia’s husband George last November . Pd says suspects having affair and wanted his $1M life insurance payout . pic.twitter.com/ES2FR0bdpk
— Tony Thomas (@TonyThomasWSB) April 3, 2018
George’s family says he worked as a bodyguard and didn’t carry a gun…