A Georgia woman was charged in connection to the mysterious death of Priscilla Riner Hooks, a murder suspect who was found dead in a church cemetery years ago, police said.
Georgiana Nicole Stephens, 33, was charged last week with concealing the death of another person, tampering with evidence, and making false statements in Dublin, Georgia.
The Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation reviewed the evidence and followed up on leads in the investigation into Hooks’ death. Hooks was awaiting trial for murder and was found dead in a church cemetery on Sept. 24, 2019, according to the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office.
Hooks’ death was ruled a suicide after an autopsy was completed by the GBI Crime Lab in Pooler, Georgia. From the beginning of the investigation, investigators did not believe she came to the cemetery on her own because no vehicles were found at the scene and no weapon was recovered.
At the time of her death, Hooks was free bond awaiting trial in connection with the shooting death of her ex-boyfriend Dustin Wilson. Orders from the judge in that case barred from Emanuel County except for court appearances. She was living in Bulloch County, where her vehicle and ankle monitor were found, according to the Georgia Virtue.
Stephens, age 33 of Swainsboro, was arrested in Dublin, Georgia, on Jan. 28, for concealing the death of another person, tampering with evidence and false statements in the Hooks death investigation.
Investigation revealed Stephens assisted Hooks with concealing the manner of her death and removing evidence after Hooks was deceased, according to OurGeorgia.News. After Stephens’ arrest, she was transported to the Emanuel County Jail.