The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld the conviction and life sentence of former Winder resident Emory Teasley for a murder that he and his two brothers committed seven years ago this month.
Emory Teasley and his brothers, Chris and Tyrone Teasley, were convicted in 2006 of the Oct. 29, 2005 murder of 39-year-old Winder resident James Riden. The shooting at the Big H Food Store on King Street occurred after Riden’s 17-year-old nephew, Markez Jones, confronted the brothers for beating up his 15-year-old cousin earlier in the day.
According to court documents, Emory Teasley was the one who had hit the cousin. When Jones confronted him that night in the parking lot of the business, Emory Teasley cursed at him and the teen hit him. Then Emory Teasley told Tyrone Teasley to shoot Jones. As the teen was running away, Emory Teasley told his brother to shoot Riden, who fell to the ground mortally wounded.
In his appeal, Emory Teasley claimed that he and his brothers acted in self-defense, but the Justices rejected their claim.
“Although the Teasleys claimed that Tyrone shot at Riden and Jones in self-defense, several eyewitnesses said that they did not see either victim with a gun, and no gun was found on Riden or Jones are at the crime scene,” the opinion states.
Emory Teasley also raised, among other things, two claims about statements he or his brother Christopher Teasley had given to Winder police, but the Justices rejected both arguments.