WOMAN CONVICTED IN UNPROVOKED MURDER OF HOTEL GUEST
State vs. Aushun Price
Decatur, Ga.- DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston announces a conviction by jury trial in the murder case against a woman accused of killing a man in a hotel room. Jurors returned guilty verdicts Wednesday afternoon against 37-year-old Aushun Price on charges of Malice Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, and Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony in connection with the shooting death of Frank Hosey, 40.
The fatal incident took place on June 19, 2021 at the Econo Lodge Hotel at 4600 Glenwood Rd. in Decatur. According to the investigation, Frank Hosey and the registered occupant of the room in which the murder took place, were hanging out watching a game. Defendant Price visited the room, and the occupant asked her to leave when her behavior became increasingly erratic. Approximately twenty minutes after leaving, Price returned and knocked. When the occupant of the room opened the door, she observed Price fire a handgun at Hosey, who was sitting in a chair. Hosey succumbed to a single gunshot wound to the torso two days after being shot.
Video surveillance obtained shows Defendant Price arriving at the hotel as a passenger in a rideshare vehicle, and later exiting a room in an aggravated manner. She returns to the room approximately 20 minutes later, enters, then can be seen fleeing with a handgun in her right hand. Detectives recognized Defendant Price from prior encounters, and she was identified in a lineup by the witness who occupied the room. Defendant Price was arrested a month after the murder at a gas station in Southwest Atlanta.
Immediately following her conviction, Defendant Price was sentenced to a term of life without the possibility of parole by DeKalb County Superior Court Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson, who presided over the trial.
The case, assigned to the District Attorney’s Homicide & Gangs Unit, was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Allison Layton, with assistance from Senior ADA Amy Ferguson, DA Investigator Shaun Hector, and Victim Advocate Desiree Livingston. Detective J Brim of the DeKalb County Police Department led the initial investigation.