Investigators believe Tillman was the first of the longtime friends to arrive at the lake to go “night fishing for catfish. He raced over to his son, who was still clinging to life but managed to utter a few words before he died.
When Cyril Rollins realized he forgot his cellphone at home in his haste to reach his son, he drove to the nearest convenience store to call 911, Judd said. By the time police arrived at the scene, Tillman, Springfield, and Rollins were all dead.
Initially, the department was offering a $5,000 cash reward for any information leading to the capture of the attackers. As of Monday, the reward was increased to $30,000 in the hopes that someone will come forward with information about the murders that will lead to the arrest “of these horrific criminals,” he said.
Heartland Crime Stoppers is offering a $30,000 reward for information that leads to the arrests of the killers. During a media briefing near the scene Saturday morning, Judd identified the victims as Damion Tillman, 23, Keven Springfield, 30, and Brandon Rollins, 27.
The three men had been friends for years, Judd said, adding the families of the victims gave police permission to release their names. Judd said Rollins’ father knew his son was fishing with his two friends and drove to Lake Street Road.
Upon arriving at the scene, Rollins’ found his son barely alive and his two friends dead. Judd said Rollins was able to say a few things to his dad before he died, which the sheriff’s office didn’t release at the morning briefing.
Two brothers and one of their girlfriends have been arrested in the deaths of three friends who were fatally beaten and shot as they met up to fish at a lake near Frost proof, Florida, over the weekend. On Wednesday, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd announced the arrests of 26-year-old Tony “TJ” Wiggins; William “Robert” Wiggins; and Mary Whitmore in the deaths of Damion Tillman, 23; Keven Springfield, 30; and Brandon Rollins, 27.
Robert Wiggins is facing tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact of capital felony charges. Tony Wiggins' girlfriend, Mary Whitmore, is facing a charge of accessory after the fact of capital felony.
The sheriff’s office said Tillman, Springfield and Rollins headed out to Lake Street on July 17 to go “night fishing when they were attacked. “What is more wholesome than going fishing on Friday night with your friends?” Judd tells PEOPLE.
Rollins' father quickly arrived at the scene to help his son, but he forgot his cell phone, so he drove to a nearby convenience store and had the clerk call authorities. By the time authorities arrived at the crime scene, Tillman, Springfield, and Rollins were all dead.
The Sheriff’s office said that during a search of the crime scene, they found a Dollar General bag and receipt dated for the night of the murders. Judd says Tillman at one point told the store clerk he was going fishing with Springfield at Lake Street.
According to the sheriff, the suspects then followed the truck to Frost proof, where Tillman met his friends. Judd says TJ got out of his vehicle and ran up to Tillman, but was actually looking for Springfield, who was sitting with Rollins in a truck.
TJ then allegedly confronted Springfield in the vehicle, punching him and accusing him of selling the engine out of his truck. “TJ starts shooting into the truck where Keven and Brandon are sitting -- nine or 10 times, point-blank.
The sheriff’s office also claims to have video surveillance showing Whitmore purchasing the ammunition for TJ on July 9. Judd said that after the murders, the suspects went to McDonald’s and ordered 10 double cheeseburgers and two Chicken sandwiches.
The three friends beaten and shot dead on a night of fishing in Florida were not killed in a drug deal gone bad, police said Monday. Raising the reward for information to $30,000 Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said: 'We don't seen any obvious signs of a drug deal gone bad.
Damion Tillman, 23; Keven Springfield, 30; and Brandon Rollins, 27, all died in the Friday night massacre. They were found by Cyril Rollins, the father of Brandon, who managed to call for help just before he died.
Or did someone follow Damion down there and shoot him and at that time Keven and Brandon drive up.' Police confirmed they are not releasing certain details of what was said to Cyril Rollins by his son Brandon in the moments before his death.
Sheriff Judd said in an earlier interview Monday the three men 'may have been boxed in' by cars. He told PCV : 'We don't know at this point...if someone flagged them down and boxed them up in the middle of the road.
Records show that both Keven Springfield and Brandon Rollins have prior arrests; Brandon for burglary and traffic violations, Springfield for theft, burglary and domestic battery. Sheriff Judd said in an earlier interview Monday the three men 'may have been boxed in' by cars.
He told PCV : 'We don't know at this point...if someone flagged them down and boxed them up in the middle of the road.' He added Monday afternoon: 'We don't believe they are out looking for people, but we also known for whatever reason that somebody else crosses their path and makes them mad they have nothing more to lose.
The three men were fishing at a popular lake in Frost proof, 70 miles south of Orlando in central Florida. 'When he arrived he found his son Brandon barely alive, and his two friends deceased,' the sheriff's office said in a press release.
Rollins' father had left his home without his cellphone, so he returned to a nearby gas station and called 911, the sheriff's office said. He did not use his son's phone to make the call, as he would 'have had difficulty finding it at the scene', police said Monday.
Three men were murdered by Lake Street in Frost proof, Florida, on Friday night Tillman, left, traveled to Lake Street first and arrived by himself, according to sheriff Judd.
Grady Judd, sheriff of Polk Country, said the 'horrific' scene was among the worst he'd seen Rollins's girlfriend Jessica Stevenson told FLA 8 that the sheriff promised to find the killers.
'I moved here from Jacksonville, Florida, for him two years ago and this is not how it was supposed to be and I want justice for him. Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the massacre of three best friends who were shot to death on a fishing trip Friday in a remote Florida community.
Tillman, Springfield, and Rollins were killed Friday after the best friends had agreed to go night fishing at a remote lake in the community of Frost proof, Florida. But the night quickly took a tragic turn when investigators say the Wiggins brothers and Whitmore showed up at the lake.
“Robert told detectives he watched as TJ shot all three victims,” authorities said in the press release. Judd believes that TJ had shot into the truck carrying Springfield and Rollins somewhere between “nine to ten times,” he said.
The father then rushed to a nearby convenience store to call 911, but by the time emergency responders arrived at the scene all three men had died. The wounds were so severe that quite literally if an emergency room had been across the street, they couldn’t have saved his life,” Judd said.
She also allegedly admitted to being with the brothers the night of the murders but did not make any additional statements and has now retained a lawyer, Judd said. TJ’s criminal past includes previous arrests for assault and battery, armed burglary, and weapons charges.
The investigation into the triple homicide remains ongoing and Judd said it is possible additional charges could be filed as the case progresses. Three friends were slain just moments after gathering together for some night fishing at a lake in central Florida, authorities said Saturday.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, who has worked at the department since 1972, described the killings at a Frost proof lake a massacre.” “This is a horrific scene,” Judd said at a news conference Saturday near Lake Street where the bodies were found.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd described the killings at a Frost proof lake a massacre. Wasp Judd said this is what investigators believe happened: Tillman arrived at the lake first to meet his friends for “night fishing for catfish.
His father rushed to the fishing spot about 10 minutes away, but forgot his cellphone in the hurry to help his son. He drove to a nearby convenience store, and the clerk helped him reach authorities, but by the time they arrived, Rollins had died.
He also did not say whether authorities have identified any suspects, but noted that his department is offering a $5,000 for any information leading to the capture of the killers. Damion Tillman, 23, Keven Springfield, 30, and Brandon Rollins, 27, planned to meet at Florida ’s Lake Street to go “night fishing for catfish.
According to Judd, Tillman told the store clerk he was going fishing with Springfield on Lake Street. Judd alleges Wiggins overheard the conversation and told his brother to follow Tillman's pickup truck.
Judd says Wiggins allegedly used a handgun in the slayings, which he earlier referred to as a massacre.” Judd says the investigation is still ongoing, and they plan to figure out what exactly happened with the truck.
She added she “will not stop until justice is served for them three boys, my boyfriend, and his two best friends.” Rollins’ mother Lottie Payton told the station that she was familiar with TJ Wiggins.
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TJ Wiggins is facing charges of first-degree murder, tampering with evidence, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon. Robert Wiggins is facing tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact of capital felony charges.
Whitmore is facing a charge of accessory after the fact of capital felony. Two brothers and a woman have been arrested in connection with the massacre of three best friends who set out on a fishing trip at a central Florida lake last week, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Wednesday.
One of the suspects, Tony “TJ” Wiggins, 26, had previously been charged with 230 felonies, and had been consistently arrested since he was 12, Judd said. William Robert Wiggins, 21, Mary Whitmore, 27, and Tony “TJ” Wiggins, 26, were arrested in connection with the massacre of three best friends who set out on a fishing trip at a central Florida lake last week, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Wednesday.
“I've been to a lot of murder scenes in my life, and this ranks among the worst,” Judd said during a Saturday news conference. According to the sheriff, Tillman was at a Dollar General store in the area and mentioned he was meeting his friends to go fishing at the lake.
The brother told detectives Tony Wiggins shot all three victims, then asked him to help put Tillman in the back of a truck. During a search warrant at the suspects' homes, investigators found a gun that killed the victims, Judd said.