The hired hitman served as a pallbearer at the victim’s funeral
Atlanta–Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr., announces the MURDER conviction, by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury, of 38-year-old ANDRE PUGH.
On November 23, 2014, just after 6:00am, Andre Pugh called 911 from the driveway of his home. He notified the 911 operator that his wife and children were inside the home, and he believed his wife had been murdered; despite the fact that he had not physically observed her body. When East Point Police arrived and entered the home, they found 30-year-old Tiffany Jackson Pugh, the victim, lying in a bed in a guest room, dead from gunshot wounds to the eye and chest. Her two-year-old child was lying on top of his mother’s body, the bed was soaked in blood, and the child was crying and begging her to wake up. The East Point Police Officer overheard the child say,
“Mommy, no mommy, please!”
Through the course of their investigation, East Point Police identified Andre Pugh and 37-year-old Adriane Harley as suspects. Google GPS and cell phone records placed Harley at the scene at the time of the murder. Phone records showed Harley and Pugh exchanged text messages and spoke on the phone before meeting in downtown Atlanta 30 minutes prior to the murder. Pugh was only minutes from the scene when the murder occurred. Pugh and Harley were arrested on December 5, 2014, at the Atlanta strip club where Andre Pugh worked as a DJ. Pugh and Harley were best friends. Harley was the best man at Pugh’s wedding, and ironically Pugh chose Harley to serve as a pallbearer at the young mother’s funeral.
Evidence at trial revealed several crucial details that helped piece together this heinous crime. For an extended period of time leading up to the murder, Andre Pugh continuously cheated on his wife Tiffany, the mother of his two young children, with prostitutes and other women he met online. Andre Pugh was also embroiled in financial turmoil due to poor credit and a pending foreclosure of a previous home he owned. Andre Pugh and his wife purchased a new home during their marriage, a home that Pugh stood to lose if his wife went through with plans to divorce him. The foreclosure of the old home and the divorce would have ultimately left Pugh homeless. More than 20,000 text messages uncovered a significant rift between Andre and Tiffany Pugh due to Andre’s cheating and transgressions. Evidence showed that Andre Pugh did not want to lose his home due to a pending divorce, so he repeatedly begged his wife to allow him to stay in their home while professing his love and loyalty. Andre Pugh’s financial issues proved to be the motive in this case.
Andre Pugh then hired Harley to murder his wife. On November 23, 2014, Harley entered the home through a back window. The co-defendant walked into a guest bedroom, where she was sleeping, and shot Tiffany Jackson Pugh in the eye and chest with a revolver before fleeing the scene. The gunshot triggered the home’s security alarm. ADT, the security company, then contacted Andre Pugh who returned to the home and called 911. PUGH was tried separately, and HARLEY will be tried in Fulton County Superior Court at a later date.
PUGH was convicted of MURDER, FELONY MURDER, AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT MURDER, and POSSESSION OF A FIREARM DURING COMMISSION OF A FELONY. He was sentenced to LIFE IN PRISON WITHOUT PAROLE PLUS 5 YEARS.
Judge Thomas A. Cox, Jr., of the Superior Court of Fulton County, presided over the case. Deputy District Attorney Pat Dutcher prosecuted the case. He was assisted by Assistant District Attorney Raemona Byrd and Investigator Marshall English and Victim Witness Advocate Brandee Bolton of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Detective Sgt. A. Glover of the East Point Police Department was the Lead Investigator in the case.