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Mom, son accused of murdering Gaffney man found dismembered under home

WSPA Staff - CHEROKEE Co., S.C. (WSPA) -- Deputies have charged a woman and her teenage son with murdering a man found dismembered under his Gaffney home.

The coroner's office identified the victim as identified as Gary James Stone, 51, of Harris Trail.

Deputies found Stone's body on Thursday afternoon.

"His body was discovered dismembered in several containers under the residence," Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said in a news release.

Sheriff Steve Mueller said Dawn Michelle Wilkins and her son, 18-year-old Charles Jacob Bridges, are each charged with murder.

Wilkins, 40, is the victim's common-law wife, Mueller said.

Sheriff Mueller says the victim was choked, stabbed, and dismembered by Bridges and that Wilkins was a willing participant in the murder.

A family member tells 7News they had not heard from Stone since Nov. 2. She said they didn't initially suspect foul play, but became concerned and notified authorities after receiving a call from one of Stone's neighbors who noticed blood on Stone's door.

According to Sheriff Mueller, officers were called to the home on the evening of November 3 for a call about a fight. While en route, dispatchers received a call saying to disregard and that officers were no longer needed.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they spoke with Gary Stone who said that he and his step son had gotten into an argument and that his step son, Bridges, had left. Stone told officers that he was fine, the sheriff says.

Deputies were called on Wednesday, November 8 for a welfare check on Gary Stone because family had not heard from him in several days.

The Sheriff's Office searched the home on Wednesday and did not find anything unusual.

He said deputies received a tip Thursday with detailed information about a murder at the address. Deputies then made the gruesome discovery under the home after obtaining a search warrant.

Wilkins and Bridges are currently in the Cherokee County jail and are being held without bond.

A background check for Wilkins reveals that she has been arrested numerous times since 1995:

CONTRIBUTOR/SUBJECT DOA/RCVD CHARGE/DISPOSITION/ETC

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SCATES, DAWN MICHELLE 06/23/1995

SC0230000 GREENVILLE CNTY SO

CASE-140584

WARR-E289032

ARREST CHARGE -BURGLARY

PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE

WARR-E289033

ARREST CHARGE -PETIT LARCENY

CIT-16-11-312(B) FELONY

DOC-96GS2302903 COURT CHARGE 01-BURGLARY(VIOL

WARR-E289032 ENT)(AFTER 6-20-1985)-

2ND DEGREE

COURT DISP-CONVICTED;3 YRS

BAL SUS W/ PROB 18 MO

COURT DATE-08/26/1999

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KEISER, DAWN MICHELLE 08/09/2000

SC0420100 SPARTANBURG PD

CASE-27960

ATN-

WARR-F648672

ARREST CHARGE -BREACH OF

TRUST

OFFENSE DATE-08/09/2000

PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE

DOC-R84 COURT CHARGE 01-BREACH OF

WARR-F648672 TRUST W/FRAUD $1,000 OR

LESS

COURT DISP-CONVICTED;TILL

SEPT 30 PAY $411 REST &

TILL OCT 30 TO PAY FINE

$373

COURT DATE-08/25/2000

ATN-

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KIESER, DAWN MICHELLE 03/26/2002

SC0420100 SPARTANBURG PD

ATN-

WARR-H147997

CIT-16-3-220-FELONY

ARREST CHARGE -LYNCHING -

SECOND DEGREE

OFFENSE DATE-03/26/2002

PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE

CIT--MISDEMEANOR

DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 01-SIMPLE ASSAUL

WARR-H147997 T AND BATTERY

COURT DISP-NON-CONVICTION;

NOLLE PROSSED

COURT DATE-06/06/2002

ATN-

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KIESER, DAWN MICHELLE 04/01/2002

SC0420000 SPARTANBURG CNTY SO

CASE-88266

ATN-

WARR-H147903

CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR

ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT

CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

OFFENSE DATE-04/01/2002

PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE

WARR-H147904

CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR

ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT

CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

OFFENSE DATE-04/01/2002

WARR-H147905

CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR

ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT

CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

OFFENSE DATE-04/01/2002

WARR-H147906

CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR

ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT

CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

OFFENSE DATE-04/01/2002

WARR-H147907

CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR

ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT

CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

WARR-H147908

CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR

ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT

CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

WARR-H147909

CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR

ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT

CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 01-FRAUDULENT

WARR-H147906 CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

COURT DISP-CONVICTED;30 166

& POR SUSP 66 & POR BY

7-10-2002

COURT DATE-05/10/2002

ATN-

DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 02-FRAUDULENT

WARR-H147907 CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

COURT DISP-CONVICTED;30 166

& POR SUSP 66 & POR BY

7-10-2002

COURT DATE-05/10/2002

DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 03-FRAUDULENT

WARR-H147908 CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

COURT DISP-CONVICTED;30 166

& POR SUSP 66 & POR BY

7-10-2002

COURT DATE-05/10/2002

DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 04-FRAUDULENT

WARR-H147909 CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

COURT DISP-CONVICTED;30 166

& POR SUSP 66 & POR BY

7-10-2002

COURT DATE-05/10/2002

DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 05-FRAUDULENT

WARR-H147903 CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

COURT DISP-NON-CONVICTION;

NOLLE PROSSED

COURT DATE-05/10/2002

DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 06-FRAUDULENT

WARR-H147904 CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

COURT DISP-NON-CONVICTION;

NOLLE PROSSED

COURT DATE-05/10/2002

DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 07-FRAUDULENT

WARR-H147905 CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

COURT DISP-NON-CONVICTION;

NOLLE PROSSED

COURT DATE-05/10/2002

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KEISER, DAWN MICHELLE 04/19/2002

SC0420000 SPARTANBURG CNTY SO

CASE-088266

ATN-

WARR-H148651

CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR

ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT

CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

OFFENSE DATE-04/19/2002

PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE

WARR-H148654

CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR

ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT

CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

OFFENSE DATE-04/19/2002

DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 01-FRAUDULENT

WARR-H148654 CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

COURT DISP-NON-CONVICTION;

NOLLE PROSSED

COURT DATE-05/10/2002

ATN-

DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 02-FRAUDULENT

WARR-H148651 CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

COURT DISP-NON-CONVICTION;

NOLLE PROSSED

COURT DATE-05/20/2002

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KEISER, DAWN MICHELLE 08/16/2002

SC0420000 SPARTANBURG CNTY SO

CASE-88266

ATN-

WARR-H221742

CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR

ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT

CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

OFFENSE DATE-08/16/2002

PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE

DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 01-FRAUDULENT

WARR-H221742 CHECK UNDER $500 - 1ST

COURT DISP-CONVICTED;30 175

& POR SUSP 66 & POR BY

10-9-2002

COURT DATE-09/13/2002

ATN-

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KEIZER, MICHELLE 04/28/2006

SC0110000 CHEROKEE CNTY SO

CASE-2006

ATN-110000004263

WARR-H852652

CIT-16-3-655(C)-FELONY

ARREST CHARGE -CRIMINAL SEX

CONDUCT W/MINOR<16 YRS-2ND

DEGREE

OFFENSE DATE-04/28/2006

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SC040015C SC DEPT CORRECTIONS 09/22/2006 CUSTODY STATUS-RECEIVED

CASE-200609 START DATE-09/22/2006

CIT-C/L,-MISDEMEANOR

COURT CHARGE 01-ASSAULT/BATTE

RY OF HIGH AND AGGRAVATED

NATURE

COURT DISP-CONVICTED;8YRSSS18

MOS2YRSPROB

COURT DATE-09/22/2006

ATN-500100015782

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KEISER, DAWN MICHELLE 03/16/2007

SCSHP0400 SC HIWAY DEPT DIST 4

CASE-20070316

ATN-110000005837

WARR-Z254471

CIT-56-5-2940(1)-MISDEMEANOR

ARREST CHARGE -DRIVING UNDER

THE INFLUENCE 1ST OFFENSE

OFFENSE DATE-03/16/2007

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SC011015G CHEROKEE PPP 05/21/2007 CUSTODY STATUS-PROBATION

CASE-SC0110 START DATE-05/21/2007

CIT-C/L,-MISDEMEANOR

COURT CHARGE 01-ASSAULT/BATTE

RY OF HIGH AND AGGRAVATED

NATURE

COURT DISP-CONVICTED;8 YEARS

PROV 18 MOS BAL SUSP WITH

2 YEARS PROB.

ATN-11P000500680

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KEISER, DAWN MICHELLE 09/27/2013

SC0440000 UNION CNTY SO

CASE-2013-002003

ATN-44D000006030

WARR-2013A4410100671

CIT-23-03-470(A)-MISDEMEANOR

ARREST CHARGE -SEX OFFENDER

REGISTRY VIOLATION 1ST

OFFENSE

OFFENSE DATE-09/03/2013

PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE

PALM PRINTS AVAILABLE

CIT-23-03-470(A)-MISDEMEANOR

WARR-2013A4410100671 COURT CHARGE 01-SEX OFFENDER

REGISTRY VIOLATION 1ST

OFFENSE

COURT DISP-CONVICTED

COURT DATE-10/25/2013

ATN-44D000006030

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WILKINS, DAWN MICHELLE 10/06/2014

SC0110000 CHEROKEE CNTY SO

CASE-20144608

ATN-110000029623

WARR-85118GF

CIT-16-17-530-MISDEMEANOR

ARREST CHARGE -PUBLIC DISORDE

RLY CONDUCT

OFFENSE DATE-10/06/2014

PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE

PALM PRINTS AVAILABLE

CIT--MISDEMEANOR

DOC-11 COURT CHARGE 01-PUBLIC DISORD

WARR-85118GF ERLY CONDUCT

COURT DISP-CONVICTED

COURT DATE-10/28/2014

ATN-110000029623


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