‘Fishing trip killer who shot three over a truck deal gone wrong' was out on bond for a violent crime

THE suspect accused of killing three best friends on a fishing trip was out on bond for another violent crime at the time the men were killed.

Tony "TJ" Wiggins, 26, who has a whopping 230 felony charges on his record, is accused of fatally shooting the men who had been on a fishing trip in Florida last week after some sort of dispute over a truck.




Damion Tillman, 23, Kevin Springfield, 30 and Brandon Rollins, 27, appeared to be "beaten and shot" to death in what police believe was a targeted attack, according to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

When he was taken into custody on Monday, Wiggins was free on a $6,000 bond for a March arrest for alleged aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to The Ledger.

He was accused of striking another man with a tire iron, breaking the man’s arm, the paper reported. He was set to appear at a pre-trial hearing on July 30.

Wiggins has spent a large portion of his adult life behind bars.

The accused killer's first arrest came in 2012, just six months after he turned 18. The Frostproof, Florida, resident was convicted of burglary and grand theft and sentenced to two years in prison.


Five months after he was released in February 2014, Wiggins was arrested again for battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest. He was given 90 days in jail for those offenses.

He was then convicted of three counts of burglary and three counts of grand theft and given a four-year prison sentence in November 2015.

Wiggins' criminal history also shows he was arrested as many as 10 times as a minor, according to the Ledger.

The hardened felon, his 27-year-old girlfriend Mary Whittemore and his brother 21-year-old brother Robert Wiggins have all been arrested in connection to the fishing trip killings, but police believe it was the older Wiggins who pulled the trigger.

Shortly before the alleged murders, the Wiggins brothers were seen on surveillance footage at a Dollar General store where the youngest victim, Tillman, was also shopping.

Detectives said Tillman told a store clerk that he was going fishing at Lake Streety with Springfield, and that the Wiggins brothers overheard him and followed.

TJ reportedly claimed that Springfield had sold the engine from his truck without permission, according to Sheriff Judd.

"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 press conference.

Police believe that Tillman arrived at the lake first. When Rollins and Springfield got there, they saw their friend being beaten.

The alleged perpetrator then reportedly turned on them and began shooting.

After the grisly alleged killings, the accused trio went to McDonald's and bought 10 double cheeseburgers and two McChicken sandwiches, according to police.

Sheriff Judd said that a raid on a trailer where Robert Wiggins was living turned up weapons, ammunition and casing which matched the casings found at the scene.

He added that blood had also been found in Robert's car, and that he reportedly tried to get his vehicle cleaned the day after the alleged killings.

"This is evil in the flesh," Judd said of the older Wiggins' alleged crime.

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