Damion Tillman was one of the three best friends who were shot and killed by Tony “TJ” Wiggins near a lake in the central Florida community of Frostproof on Friday night, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.
Tillman and his fellows, 30-year-old Keven Springfield, and 27-year-old Brandon Rollins, were planning to go for fishing on Friday evening, Sheriff Judd said.
The three suspects were on their way to the nighttime fishing spot, where TJ had wanted to confront Springfield over ‘some kind of truck deal’.
Damion Tillman and His Fellows Were Going Fishing, Authorities say
According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, the surveillance video showed one of the victims making purchases at the store and a clerk told investigators that Tillman said he was going fishing.
Robert Wiggins, TJ’s brother, revealed to detectives that he saw Damion Tillman at the Dollar General store Friday night while standing in line with his brother, the sheriff’s office said.
Tillman’s other two fellows were identified as 30-year-old Keven Springfield and 27-year-old Brandon Rollins.
Ten minutes after Tillman left the store, Rollins called his dad for help.
Damion Tillman and His Fellow Shot Down While Leaving for Fishing
While Robert Williams was driving a truck with his brother TJ and TJ’s girlfriend, Mary Whittemore, TJ Wiggins instructed him to follow the victims, “making a U-turn and follow the tracks”, the sheriff’s office said.
When they reached a rural area of Frostproof, about a 75-mile drive east of Tampa, TJ got out and screamed at them, punching one of them and accusing him of stealing his truck, citing the younger brother, Robert.
After Tillman and his fellows exited their truck, Robert watched his brother TJ shooting them, and being asked to assist his brother to get one of the victims into the back of one of the trucks.
The dead bodies of three killed friends were found by Cyril Rollins, the father of Brandon, who managed to call for help just before his death, sheriff Judd said
Tillman had traveled alone to the spot. His car was found facing south; the vehicle carrying Rollins and Springfield was next to it, facing north ‘right in the middle of the road’ suggesting they were parked ‘so they could talk to each other’.
Tony “TJ” Wiggins Headed Way To McDonald’s
After killing the three best friends, 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.
Tony “TJ” Wiggins Under Investigations
Ammunition, which is believed to be the same ammunition fired from the Smith & Wesson handgun used in the killings, was found during the search of TJ Wiggins’ trailer similar to shell casings found at the crime scene, the sheriff’s office said.
Earlier on July 9, Whittemore made the purchase of the handgun accompanied by TJ Wiggins, investigators obtained the receipt confirming the purchase.
On Monday, detectives searched a plot of land where TJ Wiggins, a convicted felon, and Whittemore lived in a travel trailer in Lake Wales, Florida, authorities said.
TJ Wiggins, with 230 felony charges, 15 convictions, and two stints in state prison, is taken into custody on charges of first-degree murder; tampering with evidence; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of ammunition by a convicted felon
The suspects are set to have their first appearance in court at 1 p.m. on Thursday.