Brittany Lashea Wiggins is facing first-degree murder charges in the death of an Ashland woman after an altercation left the victim dead in her car Saturday night.
Wiggins, an Ashland native, said she was leaving the local Walmart when a group of men started harassing her for being a lesbian. According to her lawyer, Joe Morrissey, Wiggins attempted to walk away but the harassment continued; she pulled a firearm out of her car and shot it into the air. It’s some point after that when the bullet came back down and killed the victim, Ashley Fricke, who was sitting in her car, according to Wiggins.
“[Wiggins] ignores [the harassers] and walks to her car in the parking lot. They follow. She walks around her car toward the passenger seat. They don’t let up. She gets in the car to drive off. They follow her and pursue her. She then fears for her life. She takes out a gun and stops, points it up in the air from inside the car, and fires it,” said Morrissey, breaking down Wiggins’ story.
According to Morrissy, Wiggins then got in her car and drove away, unaware the bullet had made an impact. She turned her self in the following day after a friend said her face was shown in security footage connected to the incident.
The science behind a bullet killing someone on its decent is a bit shady; Slate said it’s possible, but not likely, then there is the famous Brendon Mackey incident here in RVA. Back on the Fourth of July in 2013, Mackey, a 7-year-old Midlothian resident, was struck by a descending bullet believed to have been connected to celebratory gun fire. The incident lead to the VA General Assembly passing Brendan’s law which makes the action a felony offense.
But if Wiggins is to be believed, at what point does her claim of fear for her life rationalize her actions? Ashland police told the TD the victim and Wiggins were in no way connected, but the first degree murder charge suggests the action was deliberate against the victim.
According to the TD, police are looking for owners of two cars which could be connected to the case. Wiggins is currently being held without bond.
Attempts to reach Ashland police had not been answered by press time.