Son Murders Moms Boyfriend

Pleads Guilty, Gets Life

Anne Robards
December 04, 2019 - 8:27 am
Charles Bridges pleads guilty to killing his mothers boyfriend

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A man who admitted to killing his mother's boyfriend in 2017 will spend 35 years behind bars with zero chance of parole.

20 year-old Charles Bridges pleaded guilty to murder.

He and his mother, 45 year-old Dawn Wilkins, were charged in connection to murder of 51 year-old Gary James Stone whose dismembered body was found hidden in containers underneath the victim's mobile home in Cherokee County.

Charles Bridges
Cherokee County Detention Center

Dawn Michelle Wilkins - Mother
Cherokee County Detention Center

Official Press Release from the Spartanburg Solicitors Office:

A Spartanburg man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for stabbing his mother’s boyfriend to death.

Charles Bridges, 20, pleaded guilty to murder during a Monday afternoon hearing at the Cherokee County Courthouse.

The admission occurred the day the case was set for trial and pre-trial motion had been heard. Bridges will serve every day of Circuit Judge Derham Cole’s prison sentence.

He is not eligible for early release.

During their investigation of a missing person and a potential homicide report, Cherokee County sheriff’s deputies discovered the body of Gary James Stone, 51, during a search of the victim’s residence at 216 Harris Trail on Nov. 9, 2017.

The victim’s body was located under the house where it had been dismembered and stored in several containers. 

Bridges was detained at the crime scene. During questioning with deputies, Bridges admitted to choking and stabbing Stone in one of his statements.

Bridges told deputies he visited his mother, Dawn Michelle Wilkins, 45, because he was concerned about his mother’s safety in light of recent incidents involving Stone.

Bridges and Stone started fighting on Nov. 3, 2017 moments after the Spartanburg man arrived at his mother’s property.

Wilkins admitted to helping her son in this case.

Wilkins pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of a felony (Murder), desecration of a body, and conspiracy to kidnap prior to the start of Bridges’ trial.

She is detained in the Cherokee County Detention Center awaiting sentencing.

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