Gwinnett County investigators said they believe a Buford man’s death may have been motivated by his considerable life insurance policy. His wife and a family friend have now been charged with malice murder.
George Young, 43, was shot and killed on his porch when he returned home from his security job Nov. 16.
George’s wife Tia Young, 42, of Buford, and Harvey Timothy Lee, 38, of Buford, have been charged with malice murder, felony murder and aggravated assault.
Georgia and Tia Young had three children, who police said were asleep in the home that night, and Lee was living in the Young household at the time of George Young’s death.
Police said the Youngs and Lee were originally from South Carolina and all knew each other from early adulthood. After Lee became unemployed, police said, George Young invited Lee to live with them and work alongside him at the security company. The men were still both working at the company at the time of George Young’s death.
“The detective believes that the murder of George was financially motivated. George had a life insurance policy for a significant amount of money. Tia has not been able to collect on the policy,” according to police.
Officers were dispatched to the home on Montauk Hill Drive around midnight Nov. 16 after family members reported the shooting, according to a release from Gwinnett Police spokeswoman Michele Pihera.
Pihera said several family members inside the home heard the gunshots and went outside to investigate when they found Young on the porch. Family members tried to help until an ambulance could arrive. The Gwinnett County Fire Department determined Young was dead, and police began to investigate the incident as a homicide.
“Early on, the detective found evidence to suggest that (Tia Young) and (Lee) were involved in an intimate relationship. Though (Tia Young) originally claimed that (Lee) was a ‘cousin’ or ‘brother’ type of family member, there is nothing to suggest that they are related,” police said.
Detectives interviewing Tia Young and Lee noticed discrepancies between their stories about the night of George Young’s death and their history.
They both denied involvement in the man’s death and were transported to the Gwinnett County Jail on Monday, April 2.