Grand Jury Indicts Steven Wiggins on federal charges relating to the beach of Dickson County Sheriff’s Deputy
A federal grand jury sitting Nashville yesterday, returned a four count indictment charging 32 year-old Steven Wiggins of Dickson, Tennessee with federal carjacking and firearms violations which resulted in the death of Dickson County Sheriff’s Sergeant Daniel Baker.
U.S Attorney Don Cochran immediately filed a notice with the court that the government intends to seek the death penalty.
After a thorough review process by the Department of Justice, Attorney General Willam Barr recently granted authority to seek the death penalty in the case.
According to the indictment and court records, on May 30, 2018, sergeant Baker encounter Wiggins after responding to a suspicious vehicle call in Dickson County. Sergeant tBaker determined that the vehicle Wiggins was occupying was stolen and ordered Wiggins and his passenger out of the car.
Wiggins fired several rounds at Baker with a .45 caliber handgun. As the wounded deputy lay on the ground, Wiggins fired more rounds, killing Baker. Wiggins dragged his body to his patrol car and placed him in the rear seat. Wiggins then drove the patrol car several miles, parked it, and set fire to the car.
Wiggins will make an initial appearance before a U.S. Magistrate judge at a time yet to be determined. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.