published Monday, April 14th, 2014

Tony Bigoms guilty of murder in 2012 killing of Dana Wilkes

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    Tony Bigoms, 54, right, is led into the courtroom during jury selection for his first-degree murder and abuse of a corpse trial in the November 2012 slaying of Dana Wilkes in Judge Barry Steelman's courtroom at the city-county courts building on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.
    Photo by Doug Strickland /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A 54-year-old Chattanooga man faces life in prison after jurors today found him guilty of the November 2012 slaying of Dana Wilkes.

Attorneys for both sides in the murder trial of Tony Bigoms finished their portions of the case Saturday afternoon. The sequestered jury took off Sunday, and returned to court this morning for closing arguments and deliberations.

When Wilkes’ body was found in November 2012, Bigoms’ DNA was found on a cigarette butt in her green Jeep Grand Cherokee and mixed with blood on her pink bra, discarded near where the body was dumped alongside South Chickamauga Creek in the 3700 block of Youngstown Road.

Wilkes’ head and hands had been cut off, likely with a manual saw. They have not been found.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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