Two brothers and a woman have been arrested for the brutal murder of three friends who set out on a fishing trip last week.
According to WINK News, Tony “TJ” Wiggins, 26, his brother William Robert Wiggins, 21, and girlfriend Mary Whittemore, 27 were arrested by deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Department.
The trio is accused in the shooting and beating deaths of Damion Tillman, 23; Keven Springfield, 30; and Brandon Rollins, 27, on Friday night, as they gathered at a remote boat ramp at Lake Streety near Frostproof.
One of the suspects, Tony “TJ” Wiggins has a rap sheet a mile long and has been in and out of custody since he was 12.
“I didn’t stutter,” Polk County Sherrif Gady Judd said. “He has 230 charges in his arrest history. 15 convictions and two times to state prison at only 26. He’s a thug, he’s a criminal. He’s pure evil in the flesh. He’s wild and he’s out of control.”
Judd, who has worked at the agency since 1972 called the crime scene “horrific,” describing the deaths as a “massacre.” He said the men were beaten and “shot up.”
“I’ve been to a lot of murder scenes in my life, and this ranks among the worst,” Judd said.
According to the Sherrif, Tony Wiggins new the victims were going to the lake. He had his brother drive him and once there, Tony Wiggins confronted Keven Springfield. Wiggins accused him of stealing his truck and selling the engine.
According to testimony from William Robert Wiggins, Tony Wiggins ended up shooting all three victims.
After the murders, the three suspects went straight to McDonald’s and ordered 10 double cheeseburgers and two Chicken sandwiches.
Sheriff Judd claimed that hundreds of calls came in about the murders and a majority of them mentioned TJ Wiggins. They didn’t know he did it, but the sheriff claimed the callers knew he was evil enough to do such a thing.
Tony Wiggins is charged with first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. His brother and girlfriend are each charged with accessory after the fact.
“Our goal, and we pray our state attorney can seek the death penalty,” Judd said. “He needs to seek a fair trial and then be executed. Legally, we can’t execute him the way he did those three guys just trying to fish on a Friday night.”