Damion Tillman, 23, Keven Springfield, 30, and Brandon Rollins,
27, were all fatally shot while on a fishing trip.
Tony "TJ" Wiggins has been arrested after he allegedly shot the
three best friends in Florida.
Who is Tony TJ Wiggins?
Tony "TJ" Wiggins is a 26-year-old who was recently released
He was released on bond following a March arrest for aggravated
battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault with a
Wiggins has 230 felony charges on his record, and has served two
sentences in state prison.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said that after he was released
from prison, Wiggins had been "living off the grid... in the
woods" with his brother and girlfriend.
He reportedly had no running water or electricity.
Why was Wiggins arrested?
Cops believe Wiggins pulled the trigger on the three best
friends during their fishing trip in Frostproof on July 17 after
he followed them to the lake.
CCTV footage showed Wiggins speaking to Tillman in a Dollar
General store before the gruesome murder, sherriffs alleged.
Police say the Wiggins brothers then followed him to the lake.
Wiggins is understood to have confronted Springfield, as he
claimed he sold an engine out of his truck without permission.
"The only conflict we see is this- 'Where's my truck? I heard
you sold the engine out of my truck,'" Judd told reporters at a
It's alleged he beat and shot the three friends.
During a raid on a trailer where Wiggins lived, cops found
uncovered weapons, ammunition and casings.
Two SKS rifles, two Mossberg shotguns, and ammunition for both
were found by detectives in a gun safe belonging to TJ Wiggins –
some which matched casings found at the scene.
Who are the other suspects?
Wiggins' girlfriend, Mary Whittemore, 27, and his brother Robert
Wiggins, 21, were also arrested.
Cops said they found blood in Robert's car – and that he took
his vehicle to be washed the next day.
Robert Wiggins and Whittemore are both charged with three counts
of accessory to murder.
What happened to the three best friends?
Shortly before the murder, cops said Tillman went to the Dollar
General store, where he told the the clerk he was going fishing
with Springfield at Lake Streety.
Wiggins and his brother, Robert – who were also in the store at
the time – overheard where Tilman and Springfield were going,
and followed them to the lake, cops allege.
When Rollins and Springfield arrived, they allegedly saw Tillman
Cops allege the suspect then began shooting at the men.
Rollins's father, Cyril, told cops he got a call from his son
asking for "help."
He then went to Lake Streety road, where his son was barely
Tillman and Springfield were already dead when the father
arrived, cops said.
Rollins apparently told his father a few things before he died,
but police did not release what that was due to the ongoing
Investigators allege Wiggins, his brother and girlfriend went to
McDonalds after the murders, where they bought 10 double
cheeseburgers and two McChicken sandwiches, Judd said.
Judd described the murder as "gut-wrenching," and said the three
men's "wounds were so severe that if an emergency room had been
across the street, they couldn’t have saved his life."
He also said cops do not believe the triple homicide was a "drug
deal gone bad."