State Attorney’s Office seeks death penalty in Polk County triple murder

State Attorney’s Office seeks death penalty in Polk County triple murder
Tony Wiggins, 26, is charged with first degree murder, tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — The State Attorney’s Office said it intends to seek the death penalty in a triple murder that happened in Polk County in July, according to court documents.

Three people were arrested on charges related to the killing of three friends who met up for a fishing trip.

Prosecutors said Tony “TJ” Wiggins is facing three counts of first-degree murder.

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Wiggins is accused of shooting Damion Tillman, Keven Springfield and Brandon Rollins at a remote campsite in Frostpoof.

Deputies said Mary Whittemore and Tony’s brother, William “Robert” Wiggins, are facing accessory to the murder charges.

In a news conference, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd detailed the timeline of what led to the massacre near a lake in rural Frostproof. He said Tillman stopped at a Dollar General on his way to meet his friends, where security camera footage captured him having a brief conversation with Tony Wiggins.

Judd said Tillman told the cashier that he was meeting his friend Keven to go fishing. Ten minutes later, Judd said Tillman and his two friends were all shot and dying.

Tony, his brother and girlfriend followed Tillman to the lakeside where Tony confronted Keven selling a truck engine before beating him and then opening fire, killing all three friends, according to Judd.

According to Judd, Tony, Robert and Whittemore all lived off the grid in a rural area near Frostproof and Lake Wales.

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