Suspect confesses to murder of Fernandina Beach dog sitter – Action News Jax


Fernandina Beach, Florida – Action News Jax has obtained the report of the arrest of Shawn Whigham, according to investigators, who shot and killed Colleen Potts, the notorious Fernandina Beach dog.

Potts, 73, was found dead in a house on South 13th Street in October. She didn’t live there. She watched the owner’s dogs.

“She was such a generous person,” said Melinda Prevatt, a friend of the family.

According to Whigham’s arrest report, Whigham had visited the house twice before the shooting.

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The first time was Friday October 22. He confessed to stealing $ 300 from Potts’ car.

The next day he entered the house looking for something to steal. No one was there.

The third time was Sunday October 24. Potts was there that day. Investigators said Whigham admitted to shooting Potts, then grabbed his purse and fled.

“Why kill her? Asked Prevatt. “It’s just insane.”

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Whigham was arrested on Thursday. He is charged with murder, home burglary, tampering with evidence, lying to the police, petty theft and possession of a firearm by a convicted criminal.

“We don’t know what happened, but we are very confident that if he had just asked for what he wanted, she would have given it to him,” added Prevatt.

Naturally, Prevatt and Potts’ family are demanding justice.

“We want the monster to get off the streets,” she said.

Prevatt says Potts did everything right – she was always careful about her safety.

“Nanny Colleen was very, very careful. She took every precaution that anyone could have taken,” Prevatt said. “What more could she have done?

Police said Whigham had previously been charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is currently in the Nassau County Jail.

Prevatt told Action News Jax that a service for Potts is in the works and slated for Jan.15. The public will be invited. Action News Jax will post more details when we have this information.

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