When the widow of the man murdered by David Wiggins heard that a jury wanted to impose the death penalty, she felt relieved.
“It had been a long time coming,” said Connie Cavins moments after the 10-2 jury vote to recommend death for the 36-year-old. “I’ve carried around all this burden with me for 3 1/2 years. Now it’s finally been lifted.”
Wiggins was convicted Friday of the capital murder of Kyle Cavins, 58. On Wednesday, a jury took about three hours to recommend to Russell County Circuit Court Judge George Greene that Cavins should face death for the Oct. 29, 2005, shooting.
“It was the hardest thing I went through in all my life,” Connie Cavins said. “I don’t wish this on nobody.”
District Attorney Kenneth Davis told jurors that Wiggins had been given several opportunities during his life to change. Defense witnesses testified that Wiggins had an abusive biological father, was disruptive as a student and got into alcohol and drugs as a young teen.
Davis said Wiggins knew exactly what he was doing the night he fatally shot Cavins.
“This is a man who had been good to him,” Davis said. “He is dead because of this man. The just punishment is the death penalty.”