Date of Offense: 03/05/86
Date of Sentence: 12/08/88
Circumstances of Offense:
03/05/86, Jerry Wickham, accompanied by friends and family, was driving
along Interstate 10 when he realized that they hardly had any money for
gas or other expenses necessary to continue traveling.
One member of
the party suggested that they stop at a local church for help. Wickham
and others decided, however, that they should commit a robbery to obtain
the travel money instead of asking a church.
Upon reaching Tallahassee, the group exited the interstate and began
driving north along Thomasville Road towards the Florida-Georgia
border. The group pulled off the highway, close to the border, at which
time the men hid and the women and children flagged down a passing car
under the guise of needing help.
When Morris “Rick” Fleming stopped to
help and found nothing wrong with the car, Wickham jumped out of his
hiding place, pointing a gun at Fleming. Seeing this, Fleming turned
around and began walking back towards his vehicle.
Wickham then shot
Fleming in the back, the impact of which caused him to spin around and
face Wickham directly. Wickham then shot Fleming in the chest once, at
which time the victim began to beg for his life. Wickham then fatally
shot Fleming twice in the head.
The group took all the money he had,
$4.05, and continued on to a nearby gas station where they purchased
some gas. It was there that Wickham changed and threw away his
Wickham, while driving back towards Tallahassee,
instructed the other members of his party to dispose of the used and
unused bullet shells by throwing them out the window. The group
continued towards Tampa, stopping along the way at a church to obtain
more money for traveling expenses.