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Ellen Grant
• Sunday, 22 November, 2020
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Judd said Tillman had stopped into a local Dollar General Store before heading to the lake. TJ Wiggins, along with his brother and Whitmore, allegedly followed Tillman out of the store.

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On Monday, detectives found the suspects living in a family compound of camper trailers not far from the murder scene. After executing a search warrant, detectives found two Asks rifles, two Moss berg shotguns, and ammunition for both in a gun safe belonging to TJ Wiggins.

William “Robert” Wiggins admitted to seeing Tillman, one of the victims, in the Dollar General store on Friday evening while they stood in line. Wiggins told police that when the trio left the store, TJ directed Robert, who was driving, to turn onto a particular road.

Damion Tillman got out of his vehicle, and TJ continued to scream at all of them, Robert told police. After the brutal killings, the three suspects drove to McDonald’s, where they ordered 10 double cheeseburgers, and two Chicken sandwiches.

On Saturday morning, Robert took the truck he was driving to a car wash in Lake Wales to get the clay from the road off of it. Neither Tony TJ Wiggins nor Mary Whitmore are cooperating with detectives, Judd said.

As Tillman was buying items at the Dollar General Store, he mentioned to the clerk that he was going fishing and meeting a friend named Keven, according to Robert. You sold the engine out of my truck.” Detectives said information they have is that Keven continued to say he did not know what the man was talking about.

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Judd said the only piece of information that investigators “are digging into” is TJ’s ranting about the stolen engine. Whitmore, TJ’s girlfriend, was seen in video surveillance buying ammunition on July 9, 2021.

Ammunition seized at the trailer was compared to shell casings found at the scene of the triple homicide. That ammunition was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (File) lab for testing.

New surveillance video from a Florida convenience store shows the suspects in the “massacre” of three buddies on a fishing trip as they follow one of their victims just 10 minutes before the brutal slaying. The footage shows brothers William “Robert” Wiggins and Tony “TJ” Wiggins, along with Mary Whitmore, inside the Dollar Store in Frost proof, Florida, on Friday as Robert stands at the counter behind 23-year-old victim Damien Tillman.

Tillman was meeting friends Brandon Rollins, 27, and Keven Springfield, 30, at a fishing spot on Lake Street Road on Friday night, WBAL-TV reported. Mary Whitmore, William “Robert” Wiggins and Tony “TJ” Wiggins Polk County Sheriff's Office Robert said his brother got out of the pickup truck and confronted Springfield, accusing him of stealing his truck.

The following day, Robert Wiggins took his truck to a car wash in nearby Lake Wales to clean off the clay from the scene of the killings. Three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of three Florida men who'd set out to go fishing -- killings authorities say came shortly after the suspects encountered one of the victims at a store.

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© Polk County Sheriff Tony “TJ” Wiggins, 26, has been arrested on suspicion of shooting and killing the three men near a lake in the central Florida community of Frost proof on Friday night, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said. The three victims were planning to fish Friday night, but a truck carrying the suspects followed them, and TJ Wiggins eventually got out and shot them in a rural area of Frost proof, about a 75-mile drive east of Tampa, Judd said.

On Monday, detectives searched a plot of land where TJ Wiggins, a convicted felon, and Whitmore lived in a travel trailer in Lake Wales, Florida, authorities said. Because investigators found two Asks 7.62 mm rifles, two shotguns and ammunition in a safe belonging to TJ Wiggins, he was arrested Monday initially on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the sheriff's office said.

Eventually, Robert Wiggins told investigators that he had seen Tillman at the Dollar General store Friday night while standing in line with his brother, the sheriff's office said. TJ then asked Robert to help him put (one of the victims) into the back of one of the trucks,” the sheriff's office said.

Judd said Wednesday he didn't know the details or veracity of TJ Wiggins' claim about the alleged stolen truck “The only information we have is TJ is allegedly mad over some kind of truck deal that happened some period of time ago.

After the killings, the suspects drove to a McDonald's fast-food restaurant, where they ordered 10 double cheeseburgers and two chicken sandwiches, and went home to eat, the sheriff's office said. The next morning, Robert Wiggins took his truck to a car wash and cleaned it, according to the sheriff's office.

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The store's surveillance video showed Whitmore making the purchase accompanied by TJ Wiggins, according to the sheriff's office. According to the sheriff's office, TJ Wiggins' criminal history includes prior felony convictions.

The three victims were planning to fish Friday night, but a truck carrying the suspects followed them, and TJ Wiggins eventually got out and shot them in a rural area of Frost proof, about a 75-mile drive east of Tampa, Judd said. On Monday, detectives searched a plot of land where TJ Wiggins, a convicted felon, and Whitmore lived in a travel trailer in Lake Wales, Florida, authorities said.

Because investigators found two Asks 7.62 mm rifles, two shotguns and ammunition in a safe belonging to TJ Wiggins, he was arrested Monday initially on a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, the sheriff’s office said. Eventually, Robert Wiggins told investigators that he had seen Tillman at the Dollar General store Friday night while standing in line with his brother, the sheriff’s office said.

Judd said Wednesday he didn’t know the details or veracity of TJ Wiggins’ claim about the alleged stolen truck “The only information we have is TJ is allegedly mad over some kind of truck deal that happened some period of time ago.

After the killings, the suspects drove to a McDonald’s fast-food restaurant, where they ordered 10 double cheeseburgers and two chicken sandwiches, and went home to eat, the sheriff’s office said. The next morning, Robert Wiggins took his truck to a car wash and cleaned it, according to the sheriff’s office.

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The store’s surveillance video showed Whitmore making the purchase accompanied by TJ Wiggins, according to the sheriff’s office. According to the sheriff’s office, TJ Wiggins’ criminal history includes prior felony convictions.

William “Robert” Wiggins, 21, Tony “TJ” Wiggins, 26, and Mary Whitmore, 27, were arrested in connection with the murder of 23-year-old Damion Tillman, 30-year-old Keven Springfield, and 27-year-old Brandon Rollins on 17 July, police announced on Wednesday. The footage, shared by Polk Sheriff Grady Judd, shows the suspects: two brothers and a girlfriend, inside the Dollar General store in Frost proof, Florida.

Tillman and his friends were said to have been preparing to go on a fishing trip when they were murdered in a killing that Sheriff Judd described as “horrific” and a “massacre” on Friday. The 21-year-old told detectives that his brother shot all three victims and asked him to help him put Tillman into the back of one of the trucks before they drove to McDonald's, according to police.

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