Atlanta man sentenced to life for murdering roommate, dumping body in Alabama

An Atlanta man has pleaded guilty to murdering his roommate over $5,000 and dumping his body in Alabama.

The Fulton County District Attorney said on May 3, 2014, 26-year-old Teon Graham and 25-year-old victim Tion Casterman were arguing inside the apartment after Graham claimed the Casterman owed him $5,000 from a "fraudulent student loan."

During the argument, officials say Graham shot Casterman once in the back of the head then called a mutual friend of both men to tell her he killed Casterman.

When the friend refused to believe him, investigators said Graham texted her a photo of the victim's body.

After this, police say Graham drove to another friend's house and forced him at gunpoint to load Casterman's body into the victim's car. He then drove to West Blocton, Alabama to dump the body.

The next day, Graham traveled in Casterman's car to his mother's house in Houma, Louisiana. After Graham's girlfriend and her mother received anonymous Facebook messages about Casterman being missing, they contacted the local sheriff, who arrested Graham on an unrelated warrent in Alabama.

During the investigation, police say Graham "fully admitted" to the murder and told them the location of the body. Police also discovered a pistol in Graham's luggage that matched the bullet found in Casterman's head.

Graham pleaded guilty to charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, theft by taking, concealing the death of another, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

A judge sentenced Graham to life in prison.