Woman, son accused of dismembering man in Cherokee County, SC

Alicia Farmer
November 12, 2017

A dismembered body has been found beneath a mobile home in SC, and two people have been arrested.

Dawn Michelle Wilkins, 40, and Charles Jacob Bridges, 18, were charged with the murder of Gary James Stone Thursday, hours after the dismembered remains of the 51-year-old Stone were found. Wilkins is Stone's common law wife and Bridges is her son, according to Mueller.

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

Mueller said deputies were asked to do a welfare check by Stone's family at the home November 8, but found nothing unusual, according to wncn.com. "It's not normal to see this type of evil".

Wilkins and Bridges are now in the Cherokee County jail. They were taken into custody at the residence Thursday.

Court records do not list attorneys for either Wilkins or Bridges. While en route, dispatchers received a call saying to disregard and that officers were no longer needed. "So he was actually defending his mother's honor", said Mueller, adding Bridges claimed he had been hit by Stone. "He (Stone) advised the officers to leave, that he did not want a report and would be fine after he cooled off".

The sheriff said Wilkins told deputies Stone was drinking and had left and had not heard from since.

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Deputies continued to investigate and got a phone tip on Thursday morning indicating a murder had occurred at the home within the last few days. Authorities found the body after Stone's family said they had not heard from him and were anxious.

Investigators worked all day Thursday documenting and collecting evidence at the scene.

"Stone was discovered by authorities who came to his residence after complaints he was missing", Fowler said.

But deputies arrived at the scene and spoke with Stone, who said he and his step-son had gotten into an argument.

The sheriff believes later that night, Bridges choked and stabbed Stone in the yard before cutting up his body to hide it.

"We feel like the mother was just as involved", Mueller said.

"Please continue to keep the victim's family in your thoughts and prayers during this hard time", Mueller said.

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