One arrest was made in connection with the death of Priscilla Riner Hooks.
The news, first reported by Emanuel County Live, comes more than two years after the death of Priscilla Hooks. She was found dead in a church cemetery Sept 2019, but the fact that she was on bail and awaiting trial for murder herself. Circumstances prompted the involvement of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Region 12 field office.
Emanuel County Sheriff Jeffrey Brewer has routinely reviewed evidence in cold cases since taking office. He was reviewing the Priscilla Riner Hooks case when he found leads that needed to be followed up.
His office, along with the GBI, conducted interviews that led to the arrest of 22-year-old Georgiana Nicole Stephens. Stephens, who lives in Swainsboro, was arrested in Dublin.
From the press release:
[Stephens was charged with] Concealing the death of another person, falsifying evidence, and making false statements…
The investigation determined that Stephens helped Hooks conceal the manner of her death and removed evidence after Hooks passed away. After Stephen’s arrest, she was transferred to the Emanuel County Jail.
Pricilla Riner Hooks… was found dead in a church cemetery on Tuesday 24th September 2019. The investigation has since continued with the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office and Field Office 12 of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Hooks’ death was ruled a suicide after an autopsy was conducted by the GBI Crime Lab in Pooler. At the time of her death, Priscilla Riner Hooks was in custody awaiting trial in connection with the shooting of her ex-boyfriend, Dustin Wilson.
Orders from the judge in that case had barred her from Emanuel County except for court appearances. Her temporary residence had been in Bulloch County, where her vehicle and ankle monitor were found. [I]Investigators did not believe she came to the cemetery alone because no vehicles were found at the scene and no weapon was recovered.
Priscilla Riner Hooks was accused of killing her ex-boyfriend in June 2018. A grand jury indicted Riner Hooks on multiple counts, including malicious murder, aggravated assault, felony murder, involuntary manslaughter, and four counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Riner Hooks issued a $65,000 bond in July 2018.