The man accused of killing Dickson County Sergeant Daniel Baker appeared in court Friday.
Steven Wiggins arrived wearing Sgt. Baker’s handcuffs when he was escorted from Nashville to Charlotte.
The hearing was held at the Dickson County courthouse.
In court, it was revealed Wiggins gave a false social security number to when he was first approached by Sgt. Baker on May 30. After Baker was shot and killed, Wiggins is accused of taking his patrol car, and two guns. It was also revealed he pretended to be an officer and answered a phone call from a deputy.
Baker’s patrol car was later found abandoned a few miles away from the initial call and had been set on fire.
Wiggins faces a total of 12 counts including, false report, first-degree murder, felony murder, theft of property, theft two counts of criminal impersonation of a law enforcement, tampering with evidence, arson of a vehicle, abuse of a corpse and two counts of possession of a firearm involving violence.
He entered a not-guilty plea on Friday morning and was quiet in the courtroom, only saying “yes, sir” to confirm his name, and “no, sir” when asked if he could afford an attorney.
Wiggins remains jailed and a trial was set for Aug. 2019.
Sgt. Baker’s wife, Lisa, and other family members attended Friday’s hearing.
On Friday, it was announced Wiggins will face federal and state charges related to Sgt. Baker’s death.
“I look forward to seeking justice on behalf of his family and this community. I am grateful for the support of the United States Attorney and will work with all of our partners at every level until justice is achieved,” District Attorney General Ray Crouch said.
Sgt. Baker was shot and killed May 30 while responding to a report of a suspicious car on Sam Vineyard Road.
“Sgt. Baker’s handcuffs were immediately taken into our possession, and they are on the suspect at this time and he will be taken into the Dickson County jail with those,” Bledsoe said at the time of Wiggins arrest.
Sgt. Baker was found dead inside his patrol car about two or three miles away from the initial scene. The deputy’s GPS system was used to locate his patrol car after there had not been any contact with him.
Video evidence and other elements from the scene helped the TBI identify Wiggins as a suspect.
Erika Castro-Miles was also arrested for her alleged involvement in the shooting. She is charged with first degree premeditated murder and is also expected in court Friday.
Sgt. Baker served the Dickson County community for 10 years, three months and 12 days. He began working with the sheriff’s office in Feb. 2008. He also served in the United State Marine Corps Reserve.
“Not only has our agency lost a brother but our community has lost a hero. RIP our brother… We will take it from here,” Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe said in a release.
Baker leaves behind a wife and daughter. He was laid to rest Tuesday in Dickson County.