Jury Convicts Bigoms Of Murder Of Dana Wilkes

Monday, April 14, 2014
Tony Bigoms
Tony Bigoms
- photo by Hollie Webb

A Criminal Court jury on Monday afternoon ruled Tony Bigoms guilty of the murder of Dana Wilkes on Nov. 9, 2012.

Bigoms faces a life prison sentence after the verdict in the courtroom of Judge Barry Steelman.

Bigoms had faced an earlier murder charge in the death of Dinah Burney, but was acquitted by a jury.

In the Wilkes case, the victim's head and hands were cut off. Prosecutors said that may have been because DNA was used against Bigoms in the first trial that was found on the head and hands.

The jury, which was sequestered, had heard testimony all last week, including Saturday.

Bigoms' DNA was found on Ms. Wilkes' bra at the scene of where her body was found at Youngstown Road.

Cell phone evidence put both Bigoms and Ms. Wilkes near the same spot at 2:30 a.m. on the night she disappeared.

Prosecutors were Cameron Williams and Lance Pope.

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