The “out of control” white terrorist charged with gunning down three best friends on a Florida fishing trip — then gorging on McDonald’s with his girlfriend and brother — was denied the possibility of release Thursday.
Tony “TJ” Wiggins, 26, made his first court appearance in the disturbing triple homicide and was denied bond as his possible death penalty prosecution unfolds, FOX13News reported.
His girlfriend Mary Whittemore, 27, also appeared and had her bond set at $45,000, an amount reached by adding up $15,000 for each of her three accessory to murder charges, the station reported.
If she posts the bond, Whittemore reportedly must wear a GPS monitor during her release.
Wiggins’ younger brother Robert Wiggins, 21, also was charged as an accessory to the grisly slayings and faces an additional count of tampering with evidence.
Polk County Sheriff’s homicide detectives arrested the two brothers and Whittemore in connection with the Friday murders of Brandon Rollins, 27, Keven Springfield, 30, and Damion Tillman, 23, in a rural area of Frostproof, Fla.
Speaking at a press conference Wednesday, Sheriff Grady Judd described TJ Wiggins as a dangerous career criminal who’s been charged with 230 felonies over the years and convicted 15 times.
“He’s pure evil in the flesh. He’s wild, and he’s out of control,” Grady said. “This guy is just mean. He’s just violent. He’s currently out on bond for breaking a guy’s arm with a crowbar during a fight…He’s just wild and hostile.”
Judd said Whittemore had “zero” criminal history prior to her recent arrest, while the younger Wiggins brother had one misdemeanor arrest.
Investigators released surveillance video Wednesday that was shot July 17 inside a Dollar Tree store and showed TJ Wiggins standing in line, talking to victim Tillman.
Authorities say the younger Wiggins brother has since admitted that after the Dollar Tree visit, TJ directed him to follow the three victims as they headed out to go fishing at a local lake.
Robert Wiggins said he followed the two trucks to Lake Streety Road in Frostproof and watched as his older brother got out and “confronted” Springfield.
TJ Wiggins was “punching and yelling” at Springfield and accusing the man of “stealing his truck,” Robert allegedly told investigators.
Robert told detectives he watched as TJ shot all three victims, police said.
The younger Wiggins brother said TJ then asked him to help put Damion into the back of one of the trucks, and the three suspects then headed to a McDonald’s restaurant, where they ordered 10 cheeseburgers and two McChicken sandwiches, officials said.