Mom, son accused of murdering Gaffney man found dismembered under home

Dawn Wilkins, left, and Charles Bridge, right. (Source: Cherokee Co. Detention Center)


CHEROKEE Co., S.C. (WSPA) — Deputies have charged a woman and her teenage son with murdering a man found dismembered under his Gaffney home.

The coroner’s office identified the victim as identified as Gary James Stone, 51, of Harris Trail.

Deputies found Stone’s body on Thursday afternoon.

“His body was discovered dismembered in several containers under the residence,” Cherokee County Coroner Dennis Fowler said in a news release.

Sheriff Steve Mueller said Dawn Michelle Wilkins and her son, 18-year-old Charles Jacob Bridges, are each charged with murder.

Wilkins, 40, is the victim’s common-law wife, Mueller said.

Sheriff Mueller says the victim was choked, stabbed, and dismembered by Bridges and that Wilkins was a willing participant in the murder.

A family member tells 7News they had not heard from Stone since Nov. 2. She said they didn’t initially suspect foul play, but became concerned and notified authorities after receiving a call from one of Stone’s neighbors who noticed blood on Stone’s door.

According to Sheriff Mueller, officers were called to the home on the evening of November 3 for a call about a fight. While en route, dispatchers received a call saying to disregard and that officers were no longer needed.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they spoke with Gary Stone who said that he and his step son had gotten into an argument and that his step son, Bridges, had left. Stone told officers that he was fine, the sheriff says.

Deputies were called on Wednesday, November 8 for a welfare check on Gary Stone because family had not heard from him in several days.

The Sheriff’s Office searched the home on Wednesday and did not find anything unusual.

He said deputies received a tip Thursday with detailed information about a murder at the address. Deputies then made the gruesome discovery under the home after obtaining a search warrant.

Wilkins and Bridges are currently in the Cherokee County jail and are being held without bond.

A background check for Wilkins reveals that she has been arrested numerous times since 1995:

CONTRIBUTOR/SUBJECT DOA/RCVD CHARGE/DISPOSITION/ETC
————————————————-
SCATES, DAWN MICHELLE 06/23/1995
SC0230000 GREENVILLE CNTY SO
CASE-140584
WARR-E289032
ARREST CHARGE -BURGLARY
PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE
WARR-E289033
ARREST CHARGE -PETIT LARCENY
CIT-16-11-312(B) FELONY
DOC-96GS2302903 COURT CHARGE 01-BURGLARY(VIOL
WARR-E289032 ENT)(AFTER 6-20-1985)-
2ND DEGREE
COURT DISP-CONVICTED;3 YRS
BAL SUS W/ PROB 18 MO
COURT DATE-08/26/1999
———————
KEISER, DAWN MICHELLE 08/09/2000
SC0420100 SPARTANBURG PD
CASE-27960
ATN-
WARR-F648672
ARREST CHARGE -BREACH OF
TRUST
OFFENSE DATE-08/09/2000
PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE
DOC-R84 COURT CHARGE 01-BREACH OF
WARR-F648672 TRUST W/FRAUD $1,000 OR
LESS
COURT DISP-CONVICTED;TILL
SEPT 30 PAY $411 REST &
TILL OCT 30 TO PAY FINE
$373
COURT DATE-08/25/2000
ATN-
———————
KIESER, DAWN MICHELLE 03/26/2002
SC0420100 SPARTANBURG PD
ATN-
WARR-H147997
CIT-16-3-220-FELONY
ARREST CHARGE -LYNCHING –
SECOND DEGREE
OFFENSE DATE-03/26/2002
PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE
CIT–MISDEMEANOR
DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 01-SIMPLE ASSAUL
WARR-H147997 T AND BATTERY
COURT DISP-NON-CONVICTION;
NOLLE PROSSED
COURT DATE-06/06/2002
ATN-
———————
KIESER, DAWN MICHELLE 04/01/2002
SC0420000 SPARTANBURG CNTY SO
CASE-88266
ATN-
WARR-H147903
CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT
CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
OFFENSE DATE-04/01/2002
PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE
WARR-H147904
CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT
CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
OFFENSE DATE-04/01/2002
WARR-H147905
CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT
CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
OFFENSE DATE-04/01/2002
WARR-H147906
CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT
CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
OFFENSE DATE-04/01/2002
WARR-H147907
CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT
CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
WARR-H147908
CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT
CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
WARR-H147909
CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT
CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 01-FRAUDULENT
WARR-H147906 CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
COURT DISP-CONVICTED;30 166
& POR SUSP 66 & POR BY
7-10-2002
COURT DATE-05/10/2002
ATN-
DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 02-FRAUDULENT
WARR-H147907 CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
COURT DISP-CONVICTED;30 166
& POR SUSP 66 & POR BY
7-10-2002
COURT DATE-05/10/2002
DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 03-FRAUDULENT
WARR-H147908 CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
COURT DISP-CONVICTED;30 166
& POR SUSP 66 & POR BY
7-10-2002
COURT DATE-05/10/2002
DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 04-FRAUDULENT
WARR-H147909 CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
COURT DISP-CONVICTED;30 166
& POR SUSP 66 & POR BY
7-10-2002
COURT DATE-05/10/2002
DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 05-FRAUDULENT
WARR-H147903 CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
COURT DISP-NON-CONVICTION;
NOLLE PROSSED
COURT DATE-05/10/2002
DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 06-FRAUDULENT
WARR-H147904 CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
COURT DISP-NON-CONVICTION;
NOLLE PROSSED
COURT DATE-05/10/2002
DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 07-FRAUDULENT
WARR-H147905 CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
COURT DISP-NON-CONVICTION;
NOLLE PROSSED
COURT DATE-05/10/2002
———————
KEISER, DAWN MICHELLE 04/19/2002
SC0420000 SPARTANBURG CNTY SO
CASE-088266
ATN-
WARR-H148651
CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT
CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
OFFENSE DATE-04/19/2002
PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE
WARR-H148654
CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT
CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
OFFENSE DATE-04/19/2002
DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 01-FRAUDULENT
WARR-H148654 CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
COURT DISP-NON-CONVICTION;
NOLLE PROSSED
COURT DATE-05/10/2002
ATN-
DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 02-FRAUDULENT
WARR-H148651 CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
COURT DISP-NON-CONVICTION;
NOLLE PROSSED
COURT DATE-05/20/2002
———————
KEISER, DAWN MICHELLE 08/16/2002
SC0420000 SPARTANBURG CNTY SO
CASE-88266
ATN-
WARR-H221742
CIT-34-11-60-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -FRAUDULENT
CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
OFFENSE DATE-08/16/2002
PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE
DOC-42 COURT CHARGE 01-FRAUDULENT
WARR-H221742 CHECK UNDER $500 – 1ST
COURT DISP-CONVICTED;30 175
& POR SUSP 66 & POR BY
10-9-2002
COURT DATE-09/13/2002
ATN-
———————
KEIZER, MICHELLE 04/28/2006
SC0110000 CHEROKEE CNTY SO
CASE-2006
ATN-110000004263
WARR-H852652
CIT-16-3-655(C)-FELONY
ARREST CHARGE -CRIMINAL SEX
CONDUCT W/MINOR<16 YRS-2ND
DEGREE
OFFENSE DATE-04/28/2006
———————
SC040015C SC DEPT CORRECTIONS 09/22/2006 CUSTODY STATUS-RECEIVED
CASE-200609 START DATE-09/22/2006
CIT-C/L,-MISDEMEANOR
COURT CHARGE 01-ASSAULT/BATTE
RY OF HIGH AND AGGRAVATED
NATURE
COURT DISP-CONVICTED;8YRSSS18
MOS2YRSPROB
COURT DATE-09/22/2006
ATN-500100015782
———————
KEISER, DAWN MICHELLE 03/16/2007
SCSHP0400 SC HIWAY DEPT DIST 4
CASE-20070316
ATN-110000005837
WARR-Z254471
CIT-56-5-2940(1)-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -DRIVING UNDER
THE INFLUENCE 1ST OFFENSE
OFFENSE DATE-03/16/2007
———————
SC011015G CHEROKEE PPP 05/21/2007 CUSTODY STATUS-PROBATION
CASE-SC0110 START DATE-05/21/2007
CIT-C/L,-MISDEMEANOR
COURT CHARGE 01-ASSAULT/BATTE
RY OF HIGH AND AGGRAVATED
NATURE
COURT DISP-CONVICTED;8 YEARS
PROV 18 MOS BAL SUSP WITH
2 YEARS PROB.
ATN-11P000500680
———————
KEISER, DAWN MICHELLE 09/27/2013
SC0440000 UNION CNTY SO
CASE-2013-002003
ATN-44D000006030
WARR-2013A4410100671
CIT-23-03-470(A)-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -SEX OFFENDER
REGISTRY VIOLATION 1ST
OFFENSE
OFFENSE DATE-09/03/2013
PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE
PALM PRINTS AVAILABLE
CIT-23-03-470(A)-MISDEMEANOR
WARR-2013A4410100671 COURT CHARGE 01-SEX OFFENDER
REGISTRY VIOLATION 1ST
OFFENSE
COURT DISP-CONVICTED
COURT DATE-10/25/2013
ATN-44D000006030
———————
WILKINS, DAWN MICHELLE 10/06/2014
SC0110000 CHEROKEE CNTY SO
CASE-20144608
ATN-110000029623
WARR-85118GF
CIT-16-17-530-MISDEMEANOR
ARREST CHARGE -PUBLIC DISORDE
RLY CONDUCT
OFFENSE DATE-10/06/2014
PHOTOGRAPH AVAILABLE
PALM PRINTS AVAILABLE
CIT–MISDEMEANOR
DOC-11 COURT CHARGE 01-PUBLIC DISORD
WARR-85118GF ERLY CONDUCT
COURT DISP-CONVICTED
COURT DATE-10/28/2014
ATN-110000029623