Transgender woman stabbed 119 times, Navy seaman trainee charged

Dee Whigham (Facebook)_244711

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A Navy seaman in training accused of stabbing a transgender woman to death has appeared before a Jackson County judge for a preliminary hearing.

Sheriff’s Deputy Leo Allen revealed details Monday about what investigators found in the hotel room on July 23.

He says autopsy results show 25-year-old Dee Whigham was stabbed 119 times.

Allen says many of the wounds were to Whigham’s face, and her throat was slashed three times.

WLOX-TV reports Allen said surveillance video shows 20-year-old Dwanya (DWAN-yuh) Hickerson and Whigham walking into a Best Western hotel room together around 8:30 p.m.

He says Hickerson was seen leaving the room alone.

Whigham’s friends called 911 after finding her body.

The judge denied a defense request to dismiss the case. It now goes before a grand jury.

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