Dwanya Hickerson pled not guilty to charges of murdering transgender woman Dee Wiggins this week. Ms Whigham was stabbed 119 times, with the majority of the stab wounds to her face. Her throat was slashed three times.
Hickerson is accused of killing and robbing 25-year-old Dee Whigham, of Shubuta, at a Best Western Hotel Sunday, July 24th, 2016. CCTV video shows Hickerson with Wiggins entering her St. Martin motel room shortly before the murder occurred and leaving alone 20 minutes later. Friends who were with Wiggins found the ghastly murder scene an hour later. A bloody knife was found nearby in a fire pit where he was taken afterward and a bloody shirt was recovered at the Keesler Air Force Base where seaman Dwanya Hickerson was training.
Dee Wiggins, a registered nurse at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg was in town with friends to attend the 7th Annual Gulf Coast Black Rodeo at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.
County prosecutor Mark Watts posted the video on Facebook says that a Seaman from Keesler AFB said Dwanya Hickerson had borrowed the same knife the day of the murder. It is presumed by the prosecutor that Hickerson borrowed the knife and proceeded to meet Wiggins intent on murdering her.
“Someone called from Keesler, they went over there and found a video there that showed the man from the hotel video coming out of the barracks with a bag and throwing it in the dumpster at Keesler,” Watts said. “It had bloody clothes in it.”
Missippi has the death penalty and uses it frequently, executing 20 people since 1976.
If convicted of the Capital murder charge, Dwanya Hickerson could be executed if it was ascertained the crime was especially heinous, atrocious, or cruel or if the murder was committed during an attempted robbery or burglary.
Personal possessions were taken from Wiggins during the time she was murdered but as of this moment, it is not known if said items have been recovered.