Georgiana Nicole Stephens of Swainsboro was arrested Friday in connection with the investigation into the 2019 death of Priscilla Riner Hooks, according to the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office.
From the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office:
Recently, Sheriff Jeffrey Brewer began reviewing evidence and uncovered leads that needed to be followed up in the death of Priscilla Riner Hooks. Following interviews conducted by the Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, this led to the arrest on Friday, January 28, 2022 of Georgiana Nicole Stephens, age 33, of Swainsboro, Dublin, Georgia. for covering up the death of another person, tampering with evidence and false testimony in the Priscilla Riner Hooks death investigation. 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.
Priscilla Riner Hooks was awaiting trial for murder and was found dead in a church cemetery on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. The Emanuel County Sheriff’s Office and the Region 12 Branch of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation are investigating. Hooks’ death was ruled a suicide after an autopsy was performed by the GBI Crime Lab in Pooler, Georgia.
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 her banned from Emanuel County except for court appearances. Her temporary residence was in Bulloch County, where her vehicle and ankle watch were found. From the beginning of the investigation, investigators did not believe that she had come 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 was granted a $65,000 bond in July 2018.
Sheriff Brewer commends the determination and perseverance of everyone involved.