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'Pure evil in the flesh': Arrests made in triple murder of best friends who went fishing

Florida authorities said that three people have been arrested in connection with the murders of three best friends who were out fishing.

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Florida authorities said that three people have been arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of three best friends who were out fishing.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said last weekend that the three friends were “massacred” during a Friday night fishing trip.

The victims have been identified as 23-year-old Damion Tillman, 30-year-old Keven Springfield and 27-year-old Brandon Rollins, all from Frostproof.

The sheriff’s office arrested Tony “TJ” Wiggins, 26, who reportedly pulled the trigger, and charged him with three counts of murder.

Judd said Wiggins has 230 felony charges in his criminal history, dating back to when he was 12 years old.

"I didn't stutter. He has 230 charges in his arrest history. Fifteen convictions and two times to state prison at only 26," the sheriff said at a news conference. "He's a thug, he's a criminal. He's pure evil in the flesh. He's wild and he's out of control."

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TJ’s girlfriend, 27-year-old Mary Whitemore, was charged with three counts of accessory to murders. TJ’s brother, 21-year-old Robert Wiggins, was also charged with three counts of accessory to the murders.

Judd said there were no signs the killings were drug-related. He said TJ Wiggins claimed one of the victims had sold his truck engine, but investigators had not verified that claim.