Atlanta, GA — A popular strip club disc jockey, known professionally as “DJ Awesome,” was forced to face the music after he was found guilty in a murder-for-hire plot involving his best friend.
On October 5, a judge sentenced Andre Jason Pugh, 38 — who was accused of recruiting Adriane Harley to sneak into his home and kill his wife, Tiffany Jackson Pugh, 30 — to life in prison without the possibility of parole on charges of felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, at about 6 A.M. on November 23, 2014, Pugh called 911 from the driveway of his East Point home and reported “his wife had been murdered” — though he admitted to the dispatcher he hadn’t gone into the house to check on her.
Pugh also told responding East Point Police Officer David Clickner, “My kids are in there. She is not picking up the phone.” When the policeman entered the residence he discovered Tiffany on a guest room bed with her two-year-old son lying atop her chest, crying, “Mommy. No mommy. Please.” The mother had been shot twice and suffered wounds to her chest and eye, which Clickner noted was “swollen and oozing blood.”
Pugh and 37-year-old Harley, who served as the best man at Andre’s wedding and as pallbearer at the victim’s funeral six days after her death, became prime suspects in the case when police were able to use GPS and cellphone data to show the two men had met with each other in downtown Atlanta a half hour prior to the murder.
After the clandestine meeting, authorities alleged Harley went to the Pughs’ home, snuck in through a window and shot Tiffany with a revolver while she slept. The noise from the gunshots triggered the alarm system, and when the security company phoned Pugh, he returned home and called for help from outside.
Evidence presented in court, including over 20,000 text messages between the husband and his late wife, showed Pugh had been suffering major financial issues when Tiffany, suspecting he was cheating, asked for a divorce, which likely would have pushed the DJ further into debt.
Pugh and Harley were both taken into custody on December 5, 2014, at Club Onyx, the Atlanta strip club where Andre worked.
Harley’s trial has not yet begun.
Main photo: Andre Jason Pugh mug shot [East Point Police Department]