April 8, 2020 Airing out the Dirty Laundry

Forsyth County residents who were accused of murdering Tamla Horsford, sue victims friend.

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Jeanne Meyers and a group of her friends, who are residents of Forsyth County, say they fear for their safety after being publicly accused of murdering Tamla Horsford, the 40-year-old woman whose death at an overnight party sparked national attention, according to court documents filed on Monday, Feb. 25.

The group who are currently being represented by attorney Eric Tatum of Banks Stubbs & McFarland alleges that from the date of Tamla Horsford’s suspicious death in November 2018 through present day, the defendant has made multiple statements on social media and various other sources claiming the “eight individuals” where responsible for / aided in the death or cover-up of the death of Tamla Horsford. Horsford died on November 4th, 2018 under very suspicious circumstances.

Andy Kalin, an investigator, and friend of one of the parties of interest, swiftly closed the investigation into Tamla Horsford’s death last week. Major Joe Perkins in so many words stated, ” Horsford’s death was accidental and her injuries were consistent with a fall”. The GBI Medical Examiner’s office and the Sheriff’s office with the help of Jose Barrera concluded that Horsford fell to her death from the deck of Jeanne Meyers home, after attending an overnight party there.

“No evidence or injury patterns indicative of an assault or foul play were noted by Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office Detectives or in the Forsyth County Coroner’s Office or GBI Medical Examiner’s reports,” sheriff’s office Maj. Joe Perkins said at a press conference held on Feb. 20.

In the lawsuit Meyers et al v. Graves, Tatum states that his clients – Jeanne Meyers, Nichole Lawson, Bridget Fuller, Marcy Hardin, Stacy Smith, Thomas Smith, and Jose Barrera – have suffered “irreparable damage” to their character, reputation, and business as a result of the statements allegedly made by Graves. The lawsuit leaves out that Jose Barrera was fired from his Forsyth County job as a pretrial officer for looking up information on Graves, and giving it to the parties listed in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit lists about 13 posts allegedly made on Graves’ Facebook account naming each of the plaintiffs and making various statements about Horsford’s death. None of the plaintiffs are friends with Graves’s on Facebook and her page is private.

The Plaintiff’s claim that the“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 plaintiff’s also claim in their lawsuit due to the widespread attention the incident received online, Graves’s alleged claims have made the plaintiffs and their families fear for their safety. Banks Stubbs & McFarland LLP previously stated that since Horsford’s death, their clients have received death threats on multiple social media platforms.

In a statement to the Forsyth County News, Graves dismissed the charges made against her as frivolous and said that nothing she said was to injure anyone.

The main plaintiff Jeanne Meyers also attempted to and unsuccessfully gain an order of protection from Graves, which was dismissed in records show against Graves that was subsequentially dismissed in November 2018.

In addition to punitive damages and attorney’s fees, this complaint is asking the court for temporary and permanent injunctions against Graves to prevent further alleged offenses. It states on Dec. 15, 2018, a cease and desist letter was sent to Graves, but nothing has come of that letter.

“Since receiving said letter, Defendant has published additional content that is becoming ever more malicious and egregious by the day,” the complaint states.

This case will be presided over by Superior Court Judge Phillip C. Smith.

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