Accused killer of 3 fishing buddies in Florida may get death penalty

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Dec 20, 2020, 4:25:03 AM12/20/20
The accused killer of three men who were on a weekend fishing
trip in July could face the death penalty if convicted.

Tony “T.J.” Wiggins, 26, arrested July 21, is believed to be
responsible for the deaths of Damion Tillman, 23, Keven
Springfield, 30, and Brandon Rollins, 27, who were found dead
near their trucks in a forested area of Frostproof near U.S.
Highway 27.

Wiggins was indicted by a grand jury in September and formally
charged with three felony counts of murder in the first degree,
one count of tampering with evidence and one count of possession
of a firearm by a convicted felon, Polk County court records

On Tuesday, prosecutors filed a notice in Circuit Court stating
that Wiggins was previously convicted of another capital felony
and the killings were committed to avoid or prevent arrest or to
escape custody, according to Polk County court records.

The filing came one day after an online petition on
asking prosecutors to seek the death penalty reached its goal of
1,000 signatures.

The victims were planning on a night of fishing when Wiggins
allegedly arrived with his brother, 21-year-old William “Robert”
Wiggins, and his brother’s girlfriend, 27-year-old Mary
Whittemore. Wiggins allegedly approached Springfield and accused
him of stealing his truck’s engine and selling it.

Wiggins then fired multiple rounds into all three men,
authorities say.

An investigation found Wiggins had seen Tillman at a Dollar
General store who he overheard Tillman telling the cashier his
plans to meet with Springfield for a fishing trip, according to
law enforcement.

Surveillance cameras confirm the Wiggins brothers and Tillman
standing in line together about 10 minutes before the shooting
took place, authorities say.

During the investigation, Robert gave detectives a statement
about the shooting leading to his brother’s arrest. Robert also
told investigators that his brother threw the gun used in the
killings out the window of his truck.

Robert and Whittmore are facing charges of accessory after the
fact to a capital felony.

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