The man accused of killing a beloved pet sitter in Fernandina Beach pleaded not guilty on Thursday morning.
Shawn Whigham is accused of killing 73-year-old Colleen Potts.
Action News Jax reported in October 2021 when a Nassau County neighbor called 911 after seeing Potts’ client’s dogs roaming the streets.
Potts was found shot to death shortly after.
The investigation took almost two months before Whigham was arrested.
According to the Fernandina Beach Police Department, Whigham broke into the house where Potts was pet-sitting, shot her to death and took her purse.
Officials said Whigham confessed to stealing around $300 dollars from Potts’ car the Friday before her murder on a Sunday, and admitted to shooting Potts before grabbing her purse and leaving the house.
A report reveals Whigham lived two doors down from Potts’ client’s house where she was killed.
Friends told Action News Jax that she was great neighbor to many in Fernandina Beach.
Court records show that Whigham faces the following charges:
First-degree murder during the commission of a felony
Armed burglary with assault or battery
Giving false information to law enforcement
The public defender also mentioned that Whigham had another pending case against him, which Whigham appeared surprised by during his Thursday morning court appearance. That case involves a charge of possession of a criminal by a convicted felon.
Whigham’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 3 to allow for time to review evidence in the case.
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