Over a year ago the suspicious death of Tamla Horsford hit the news and quickly raised suspicions. The case appeared, to those who were blind, to be a case of accidental death and was quickly shut. Now, more than 18 months later, her death has come under a microscope again, and this time, the public is demanding answers. If you're unfamiliar with the case, we'll sum it up for you.
According to FCSO reports, the 40-year-old arrived at a North Forsyth home around 10 p.m. on Nov. 3, 2018, to attend an overnight birthday party with 11 others. They drank “heavily,” watched football and played Cards Against Humanity.
While others went to bed, Horsford went out on the home’s back porch around 2 a.m. to smoke a cigarette, according to witnesses. The next morning, Horsford was found lying motionless under the porch in the residence’s back yard. The homeowner called 911 immediately after, according to authorities. Deputies arrived eight minutes later, at 9:07 a.m.
Horsford had severe injuries to her head, neck, and torso, according to the GBI Medical Examiners Report. There were cuts to her face, wrist, hand, and lower legs. Horsford also had a “laceration to the right ventricle” of her heart.
A GBI toxicology screening also showed an elevated blood alcohol level of .238, and detected traces of THC and the anxiety drug, Alprazolam, in Horsford’s system at the time of her death.
Investigators said that Horsford fell about 14 feet from the back porch and died on impact. Her death was classified as an accident.
The group of women posed for this photo shortly before Tamla met her end.
Tamla's husband, Leander Horsford has said “I want the truth of what’s going on, because I mean, the stories I’ve heard so far, none of them make sense," and he's not the only one that thinks the details surrounding her death don't add up. There's been a renewed interest in her case from the public and this time, their voices won't be silenced.
The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office released a statement saying in part "Renewed requests for reexamination are best served by an independent law enforcement agency to review previous findings and to search and act on any new evidence which may come to light. . ."
The public has raised suspicions after a learning that a witness to the case, Jose Barrera, who worked in the Forsyth County court system, used his position to access a report from the incident, an action that officials said was unethical and led to his firing. The firing of Barrera looked as if the authorities were trying to cover up details surrounding Tamla's death.
Ralph E. Fernandez, the family’s attorney, said Horsford’s case “is not over.”
“It will never be over,” Fernandez wrote to Leander and the Horsford family. “Be safe. Be strong. We will get to the bottom of this.”
We're praying that the truth finally comes to light!