Ashland Walmart shooting suspect to have 3 day jury trial in November

UPDATE: Brittany Wiggins will have a three-day jury trial set for November 13-15.


UPDATE: Brittany Wiggins who is charged with the Feb. 19 shooting of Ashley Fricke was granted a $50,000 bond in Hanover court Friday, according to her lawyer and former Richmond mayoral candidate Joe Morrissey. The ruling allows for the possibility that Wiggins may be released on bond, but it is not clear at this time whether Wiggins has paid the funds.


HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Ashland police have arrested Brittany L. Wiggins, 24, of Mechanicsville, for the shooting death of Ashley Fricke which happened late Saturday at the Ashland Wal-Mart. Wiggins has been charged with First-Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Shooting into an Occupied Vehicle.

Brittany L. Wiggins
Brittany L. Wiggins

Wiggins was arrested in Ashland and is currently being held at the Pamunkey Regional Jail.

Police said that they arrived at the scene of the shooting at 11 p.m. Saturday night, at which point they found 25-year-old Fricke suffering from gunshot wounds. Shortly thereafter she was declared dead.

Ashley Fricke (Photo Credit: GoFundMe)
Ashley Fricke (Photo Credit: GoFundMe)

Police sent video surveillance from the scene Sunday during the day which they said led to Wiggins’ eventual arrest.

Initially, investigators told 8News that they wanted to speak to the individuals in the red SUV seen in the video regarding anything they saw during the incident.

Investigators said on Monday that they are no longer looking to speak to the individuals in the red SUV seen in the video.

Ashland Police said that anyone with any information about this crime should call them at 365-6140 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000.

It is still early in the investigation, and as a result, it is unclear what may have motivated this crime.

Ashley Fricke (Photo Credit: GoFundMe
Ashley Fricke (Photo Credit: GoFundMe

8News reporter Tracey Smith went to the scene of the incident earlier Sunday to speak with shoppers who said they couldn’t believe such a crime would happen in Ashland.

“Ashland is a small quiet town. You don’t really hear of anything major happening until, boom, finding a deceased person in a car,” Melanie Pennock said. “That really brings attention to this area.”


Other shoppers were just as shocked.

“I was really surprised when I heard it,” Nicolas Nadolski said. “It’s horrifying to think it could happen here, but people are crazy and anything can happen.”

This is a developing story. Stay with 8News online and on air for the latest updates.

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