A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to the 2018 murder of a Wiggins woman earlier today.
In a press release, District Attorney Joel Smith announced that Dannie Bergeron Jr pleaded guilty to first-degree murder charges for killing Tiffany Goodman in 2018.
“This was a senseless and brutal crime that stems from the use of illegal drugs,” Smith said.
The 27-year-old was a mother of three and a resident of Wiggins who was shot and killed on April 7, 2018.
When the Harrison County Sheriff’s Office responded to a shooting at a home on Mills Road, deputies found Goodman with a single gunshot wound to the right side of her head.
The homeowner’s son told the deputies he was with the Goodman prior to the murder and they had met up with Bergeron and another friend before arriving at the home.
The son told law enforcement that he witnessed Bergeron shoot Goodman. He said he was speaking with the Bergeron’s friend inside the garage when the Bergeron shot Goodman.
While processing the scene, the Bergeron called HCSD and said he was in California, but later admitted to fleeing to his father’s house in Washington Parish, Louisiana.
Deputies in Louisiana responded and arrested Bergeron and recovered a 0.40 caliber handgun, which was the murder weapon.
“Deputies from Harrison County immediately responded to Louisiana and interviewed the defendant and the friend who was with him. Both individuals told deputies they had been using methamphetamine in the days leading up the murder. (Bergeron) went on to tell the deputies he had never met with the victim, but he believed the victim deserved to be killed,” Assistant District Attorney Matthew Burrell said.
Burrell prosecuted the case along with Chief ADA Crosby Parker.
Bergeron’s trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday, when he changed his plea of not guilty to guilty, according to the press release.
During his plea, Bergeron admitted to shooting Goodman, but he did not remember many details because of his extensive drug use.
Bergeron apologized to Goodman’s family and said he wanted to take responsibility for his actions.
Circuit Judge Lawrence Bourgeois sentenced him to life in prison. He will remain in the Mississippi Department of Corrections’s custody.
“The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department did a tremendous job investigating this case and pursuing the evidence to make this guilty plea possible. This has been a very difficult time for the Goodman family, and hopefully the closure of the criminal case can help with the healing process,” Smith said.