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Monday, 23 May 2016 16:54

Dying Declaration Helps Identify, Convict Killer

MEMPHIS – May 23, 2016 - A 46-year-old man has been convicted of second-degree murder in the 2013 shooting death of a man who, in his dying breath, told police who shot him, Shelby County Dist. Atty. Gen. Amy Weirich said Monday.
A Criminal Court convicted defendant Dedrick Wiggins Friday evening. Because of his prior criminal history, he faces 25 to 40 years in prison with no parole when he is sentenced June 24 by Judge Chris Craft.
Wiggins pled guilty after his trial to three counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.
The shooting occurred in the early-morning hours of Nov. 6, 2013, in the 3100 block of Spottswood where police found victim Larry Richards dying of multiple gunshot wounds.
Officers testified that Richards, 42, told them “Dedrick” was the man responsible for shooting him. The two men had ongoing issues with one another because both had been involved with the same woman.
Other witnesses described a silver Volkswagen that the shooter was driving. The vehicle was traced to defendant Wiggins and the victim’s cell phone was found ringing in the bushes near the Volkswagen when Wiggins was stopped and arrested.
The case was handled by Asst. Dist. Attys. Reginald Henderson and Lora Fowler.