Two people have been formally charged in the death of Dickson County Police Officer Sgt. Daniel Baker.
Steven Joshua Wiggins was arraigned Friday morning in Dickson County Circuit Court after a special called session of the grand jury on June 7. Wiggins was transported to the Dickson County Courthouse in Charlotte from the Davidson County Jail, where he is currently being held. Wiggins arrived at the Dickson County Courthouse wearing an orange jumpsuit, flip flops, and Sgt. Baker’s handcuffs. Dickson County Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe has confirmed that Wiggins will continue to wear the handcuffs throughout all court appearances to follow.
Wiggins is charged with 12 counts, including presentation of a fake social security number, first degree murder, felony murder, theft of property between $10,000-$60,000, theft between $1,000-$2,500, two counts of criminal impersonation law enforcement, tampering with evidence, arson of vehicle, abuse of corpse, and two counts of possession of a firearm with a previous felony conviction. In addition to the 12 previous charges, two parole violation charges were also read. The state of Tennessee is seeking the death penalty. Public Defender Jake Lockert was appointed to represent Wiggins in the trial. Lockert will be requesting that a second attorney be appointed for the case and will be filing a motion for a forensic mental health evaluation as well as a change of venue request, which would move the trial outside of Dickson County.
Erika Castro-Miles, who was arraigned via video from the Dickson County Jail, is also charged with first degree murder and the state of Tennessee is seeking life without parole. Castro-Miles will be represented by Public Defender Reese Holley. Both Wiggins and Castro-Miles will be tried together, and the trial has a tentative date of August 19, 2019. Periodic hearings will take place before the trial, with the first being August 6.
There was no bond hearing for Wiggins or Castro-Miles during the arraignment.