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Man pleads guilty in Statesboro stabbing murder
Dennis Weaver
Dennis Randolph Weaver Jr.

A Twin City man charged with stabbing a man to death in February pleaded guilty Tuesday.

Dennis Randolph Weaver Jr., 42, of Paradise Road, "entered a guilty plea to murdering Marion Lamonte Wiggs, and stabbing (Weaver's) estranged wife, Lashika Weaver," said Ogeechee Judicial Circuit Assistant District Attorney Joseph W. Cushner.

The case was scheduled for jury selection and the trial was to begin Monday, Oct. 20, but Weaver entered a guilty plea Tuesday.

Chief Judge William Woodrum followed Cushner's sentence recommendation and sentenced him to life to serve in prison.

Around 9:30 a.m. Feb. 15, Weaver "drove from Twin City to Statesboro to the home of Lashika Weaver," Cushner said Tuesday afternoon in a released statement. "When he arrived, he found Mrs. Weaver and Mr. Wiggs at the home."

Weaver first stabbed Wiggs "multiple times with a knife he brought with him from Twin City," Cushner said. After Wiggs escaped the house, Weaver stabbed Ms. Weaver multiple times.

"The children in the home were able to get Mr. Weaver off Mrs. Weaver, and she escaped into the street," Cushner said.

Weaver followed Lashika Weaver to the street and again attacked her until neighbors came to her aid. Dennis Weaver was apprehended by police at the scene, Cushner said.

Both Wiggs and Lashika Weaver were taken to East Georgia Regional Medical Center, where Wiggs was pronounced dead.

Wiggs was in a relationship with Lashika Weaver, according to police reports after the stabbing incident. Both were at the Hart Lane residence with four children - a 15-year-old girl, a 13-year-old boy and two 9-year-old boys - when Dennis Weaver entered the home and stabbed Wiggs several times in the upper torso, police said.

Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said Lashika Weaver was also stabbed multiple times in a similar fashion. She was later transported to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah for further treatment of injuries.

The children, who were under Lashika Weaver's care, suffered minor cuts during the incident and were treated and released by EMS on the scene, Turner said.

Statesboro police Detective Patrick Harrelson was the lead investigator on the case prosecuted by Cushner. Attorney Tracy Mullis represented Dennis Weaver.

Holli Deal Saxon maybe reached at (912) 489-9414.

 

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