Here’s an update in the Dee Whigham case.
Just to refresh your memories since we lost far too many sisters in 2016, Whigham was the 25 year old trans woman killed in a St. Martin, MS hotel room on July 23 of last year by 2 year old Dwayna Hickerson, a US Navy sailor based at the nearby Keesler Air Force Base.
After corresponding for months, she and Hickerson had a sexual encounter that resulted in her brutal murder at the hands of Hickerson She had been stabbed 119 times and had her throat slashed three times, , with many of the stab wounds being to Whigham’s face.
Hickerson on Thursday accepted a plea deal in which he pled guilty in a Jackson County court to second degree murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison for it. Hickeson also got 15 years for robbery, for stealing Whigham’s purse and cell phone.
He was set to go to trial for Whigham’s murder on August 14 on a capital murder charge, and was facing the death penalty in this case.
Hickerson will have to serve 35 of the 40 years assigned for the second degree murder charge, and 8 of the fifteen years he received for the robbery charge.