Dwanya Hickerson, 21, stabs woman, Dee Whigham, 25, he met online after founding out she was born a man. The former Us Navy sailor ‘lost it’ after finding out the young lady was trangender right after they had sex. He stabbed her multiple times in the face and slashed her throat in a hotel room befor showering and leaving her for dead. According to Mississippi’s Jacksonville Circuit Court;
The pair had been chatting online for two months after making contact through a dating site.
They decided to meet for the first time when Ms Whigham was visiting the city of Biloxi, where Hickerson lived, on July 23 last year.
The hospital nurse picked him up at the gates of Keesler Air Force Base, where he was training to be a weather forecaster, and drove them to her hotel, the court heard.
CCTV footage showed them walking into her room together at Best Western at about 8.30pm. Hickerson was seen leaving 23 minutes later with his shirt around his neck.
Ms Whigham’s body was found at about 9.45pm by her friends.
Yahoo reports that an Air Force instructor later recognized Hickerson in a police appeal over the killing and reported him to detectives- WLOX news channel reports
Hickerson later told police he and Ms Whigham had sex at the hotel before she told him she was transgender.
“I lost it, I lost it,” he said, adding he did not remember much afterwards.
He was jailed for 40 years without parole after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. He will also have to serve 15 years for a robbery charge after taking Whigham’s purse and mobile phone. Hickerson could have faced the death penalty if he had been convicted of capital murder.
Ms Whigham’s mother, Vickie Blackney Whigham, criticised Hickerson’s sentence.”I think the plea is a slap in the face,” she said. “He gets a chance to see his family and I don’t have that chance with my child.”