JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WCMH) – The transgender woman was found dead in a hotel with more than 100 stab wounds, mostly to her face.
According to WLOX, Dwanya Hickerson, 20, is accused of killing 25-year-old Dee Whigham in July at a Best Western Hotel in St. Martin.
Surveillance video taken at the hotel shows the two walking into a hotel room together, and 23 minutes later, Hickerson is seen leaving the room alone.
An autopsy report showed that Whigham was stabbed 119 times, with most to her face and her throat had been slashed three times.
Deputies say Hickerson, a soldier, stole a coach bag belonging to Whigham, as well as her cell phone and few other person items, and that his bloody clothes were found near a dumpster not far from his barracks.
Hickerson was arrested on Keesler Air Force Base two days after the killing. He is charged with capital murder.
Investigators are still trying to determine the relationship between the Whigham and Hickerson.