By Sandra Rose  | 


A group who attended a "football moms" sleepover at a Cumming, GA home where a 40-year-old mother-of-5 was found dead say they fear for their safety after being publicly accused of murder.

Tamla Horsford was found dead in the backyard of a Forsyth County, GA home on Nov. 4, 2018 after partying and drinking with 10 women and 3 men at a slumber party the night before.

Banks Stubbs & McFarland attorney Eric Tatum filed a lawsuit on Monday, Feb. 25, on behalf of the homeowner, Jeanne Meyers, and seven people who attended the slumber party.

The lawsuit accuses Horsford's best friend, Michelle Wynne Graves, of making numerous statements on social media and across multiple sources that eight individuals were "responsible for the death and/or that they aided and abetted the murder" of Horsford.

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office last week closed the investigation into Horsford's death after Horsford's case received national attention in the news media.

A medical examiner ruled Horsford's death was the result of an accidental fall from a residential deck. The coroner's report described Horsford's horrific injuries - including a broken neck and traumatic brain injuries - as consistent with a fall from a 10-15 foot elevation.

In the lawsuit Meyers et al v. Graves, Tatum claims his clients - homeowner Meyers, Nichole Lawson, Stacy Smith, Thomas Smith, Bridget Fuller, Marcy Hardin and Jose Barrera - have suffered "irreparable damage" to their character, reputation and business as a result of the statements allegedly made by Graves.

According to the Forsyth County News, the complaint lists 13 posts made by Graves on naming each of the plaintiffs and making various statements about Horsford's death.

"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 lawsuits states that as a result of the widespread attention online, Graves' claims have caused the plaintiffs and their families to fear for their lives.

But Graves dismissed the lawsuit as frivolous in a statement to the Forsyth County News.

"I state nothing but factual information which was verified after reading case file obtained through open records," she said. "I stand strong behind my statement that these people know what happened, and if they were not directly involved, they have not come forward with the truth."

She also said similar complaints filed against her have been dismissed in lower courts.

Court records obtained by the Forsyth County News show that a temporary protective order filed by Jeanne Meyers against Graves was dismissed in November 2018.

"This is nothing more than another intimidation tactic on their part," Graves said in a message to the FCN. "These people caused this negative attention by having a party where someone lost their life."

  • the guest

    These RACIST MURDERING LYING white people are really a POS.

    That’s the new thing, whites suing for defamation of character when they are called the RACIST MURDERING LYING POS they are. So fking evil and insidious. Another murder buried under a cover up of racism.

    I mean they have not one ounce of remorse or regard for Mrs. Tamla Horsford’s husband and children, family, and friends. I hope Mrs. Tamla Horsford’s murderers are taunted and heckled everywhere they go for the rest of their lives. That will be the prison they should be in.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs
  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    The husband doesnt seem to have an ounce of remorse either but you aint heard that from me?

  • the guest

    Look at the inbred redneck in the photo uptop. You just can’t ever hang out with some and certain types of white people. And that one up top is one of them.

  • Reenaface

    I commend her for being brave and questioning the narrative. I know that Tamla's family is still searching for the truth but they seem mighty quiet.

  • Reenaface

    I just made reference to that in my comment above. Why is the friend the inky one commenting.?????

  • Meme

    Gosh they have a nerve, unbefvckinleavable

  • Renee Bee

    I believe that is the deceased friend in the picture. The one who called b.s. from the beginning.

  • Meme

    Oooops i think you 'got' the wrong one!

  • Phillybruh

    Accidental fall, The husband and kids should file wrongful death against the homeowner.

  • JazzyBossyJen

    How did she die?

  • BingBangBoom

    Chile was that the one lurking on If so I better delete my previous post because she made a comment I believe and I don't want to be dragged to Forsyth County courts on behalf of the plaintiff's.

  • ATL White Guy

    IF this was accidental, why did the husband that was a corrections officer try to access the police records. IF this was an accident, why did they not report it as soon as they found the body in the yard. I'm sure someone else has already made these observations.

  • Trey

    Free speech has consequences.....smarten up...

  • datjerk

    I still think they're guilty. I hope the bestie beats this case

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Yeah. They ARE hiding something. One of the boyfriends was fired from his job because he tampered with evidence.

  • BingBangBoom

    Me too

  • laidbackgal4real

    Nobody knows what happened ??? nobody. ? you can’t trust a soul nowadays... laugh in your face and stab you in the back “ literally smh

  • girlyardie

    Intimidation tactics, really just make it that more obvious your guilty and has something 2 hide. Hey guess we'll march and chant again waiting 4 the next time to repeat and revisit. I say it all the time Malcolm X was my hero, had I been alive tbk then that's who am rolling with, weapon in hand, an eye 4 an eye and a tooth 4 a tooth

  • girlyardie

    And that there is tbe fycking problem everybody want folks to stand behind them but tbey to chicken shyt to stand behind folks. Not understanding it's only a matter of time b4 it happens 2 u, stand up 4 each other end this shyt now

  • Rahab

    And call it a day. Guilty people trying to silence the voice of reason.

  • Ni Ni

    The person that would truly be able to tell what happened is gone, sad case.

  • Ebony Starr

    This will open the case for more scrutiny.

  • Logan Roberts

    Justice for Tamla. Where's the husband? Oh, he's probably somewhere working on the second wife.

  • Renee Bee

    The deceased is Tamala (Black lady). The best friend is Michelle (White lady) is alive but she is being bullied and harassed by the witnesses / suspects at the overnight sleepover.

  • therealashland

    Michelle is a real one! She is a true friend, I love her! She’s invited to all the cookouts,. I we all need a Michelle in our corner

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Oh ok I misread

  • Renee Bee

    No problem, Sis. Have a great day!

  • Marlika

    As granddaddy usta say “ Only a hit dog will holla!” ?

  • JazzyBossyJen

    You too!

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    This what happens when you want to be a drug addict

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  • ShWa

    Roger That!

  • imright

    stories like this make it extremely difficult for me to befriend white folks. sorry not sorry ?????

  • ShWa

    The most horrific evil liars to walk the planet...

  • MistaO

    I can think of a million things a mother with 5+ kids and a husband could/should be doing other than getting drunk or high with a bunch of has been hoes. Js..
    Oh, and people have the nerve to question where the husband is at in all of this I bet dollars that he told her stay her ass at home and, well we all know how much the average ______ listens to their husband (if lucky enough to have one)...js

  • Parent

    I wish people would stop judging this woman. Yes she was a wife and mother of 5 however, no one and I mean no one on God's green earth has the right to judge her. Just because she went to a party, drank, smoke, possibly took a pill, does not take away from the fact that she was a mother and her life was cut short. We don't know what demons she was battling. Maybe she said hey, let me go out and decompress. Who are we to judge?

  • bemetoo

    A white wife at that

  • Overpower Radio

    Well whether or not you call it a "murder" or an "accidental death" the home owner can still be found responsible for the loss of the woman's life. The same way a person can sue a store if they go inside and slip and fall, I hope Tamla's family is suing the home owner. If the home was insured at all, it should be an easy win.

  • SpiceGirl

    If the shoe was on the other foot...what would she have done in the same scenario? FOH.....IMHO....THEY did SOMETHING to that lady! May she continue to rest easy and prayers to her family and friends! And THOSE folks at the house ISN'T her friend! <----none of them!

  • Satin Panther

    Damn I wish I was a drone in the sky or a fly on the wall bcuz I would tell errr'thang to give this woman her JUSTICE! What's done in the dark will come to light, I just hope sooner than later.

  • wayoli

    Really, so now they want money off of this woman's death. A true friend if innocent would write the accusations off. Instead all the attendees feel they are due a pay off instead of a public apology. Says alot about their character.

  • onelove

    well....who did it than?

  • PhillyFacts

    I agree this lawsuit is to simply deflect their guilt. I pray authorities will look into all these pallid skin demons. ?

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  • Karen Brady

    :-) :-)

  • Karen Brady

    I hear you.

  • samuel severino

    Grown up slumber party - aka Orgy.

  • HoneyHitchcock

    If I’m not mistaken, they gave him his job back.


    YES!!!!!! I really think that's what this was!

  • Dick Steel

    I AM the judge

  • Dick Steel

    Is dat yo STANKY?

  • Daryl Campbell

    I wouldn’t have let my wife spend the night The those despicable Hags.

  • Raquel

    Is THAT supposed to be a white WOMAN?? Jealousy is all I can think of. She look like John Cena's MTF "daughter". ????

  • Marion Wright

    somebody start a gofundme for her legal fees

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Adding insult to injury WTH

  • Guest

    The Rose garden is on the case, we’ll solve this one too!

  • SmellyMel

    Well if it walks like a duck, talks like a duck and looks like a duck then you call it a duck. That’s all they were doing.

  • cinnamonchic

    yep! The MO is the same thru out history: "you have to stop being they can be you"

  • Look@m3

    These ladies were never the black ladies friends because who in their right mind with a sound conscious was go thru the trouble of filing s lawsuit against her friend. People are evil!

  • Dick Steel

    I think you are involved in this!

  • Dick Steel


  • Dick Steel

    Why it STANK in Philly?

  • Dick Steel

    Talking about yo moms right? She a big time skank

  • Dick Steel

    Inky,dinky doo!

  • Ep from Hp

    typical white folks playing the victim

  • Dick Steel

    Are you currently on probation?

  • Dick Steel

    Everybody know yo got de STANKFOOT

  • Dick Steel

    She beat herself to death.

  • Dick Steel

    Go to your room

  • Dick Steel

    Is yo retarded? Everybody else is here too,u will fit right in

  • Dick Steel

    The black girl was on drugs and beat herself to death and screwed up that orgy.Kneegrows puhleeze!!!!!

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