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UPDATE: Graphic testimony marks second day of Bigoms' murder trial

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Defendant Tony Bigoms enters Judge Barry Steelman's courtroom Wednesday during the first day of testimony in his murder trial. Photo by John Rawlston/Times Free Press Defendant Tony Bigoms enters Judge Barry Steelman's courtroom Wednesday during the first day of testimony in his murder trial. Photo by John Rawlston/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - The second day of testimony in the first degree murder trail of Tony Bigoms Thursday started with very graphic testimony surrounding the 2012 death of Dana Wilkes.

Bigoms was charged in the grisly death and mutilation of Wilkes in 2012. She was first reported as missing around November 10, 2012. Her decapitated and mutilated body was found near a waterway in Chattanooga.

Channel 3 Eyewitness News reporter Sara Sidery is covering the case, and tweeting live from the courtroom. Follow her on Twitter @SaraSideryWRCB.

Tweets are in chronological order, with the most recent at top.

NOTE: testimony from today's hearing is graphic and may not be suitable for all readers.

Bigoms' family and Wilkes' family are now sitting in the same row, several feet apart.

Bigoms' uncle just arrived in the courtroom, joined by a few others. First time seeing Bigoms' family here.

Investigators got a warrant to search Bigoms' residence on Hickory St. after body found. Searched toolbox.

Dana's husband, Tom Wilkes, positively identified photos of her tattoos.

Police found decapitated body with no hands, still wearing jeans and shoes. Shirt was nearby. Appeared to match Dana's.

11/25 - a group of duck hunters called 911 after discovering a body near S. Chickamauga Creek/Youngstown Rd.

11/20 search warrant executed on Bigoms' cousins home, where he went after 11/16 intvu. Sgt: Bigoms was visibly agitated by it.

Cops checked pond near Jeep & a nearby cemetery; nothing turned up, but sometimes people dump things in open graves before service.

Bigoms was enrolled at Chatt State at the time, a landscaping student.

Sgt: After police interview, police set up surveillance to observe Bigoms. By doing so, they hoped it would lead to Dana's body.

Dana's cell phone, keys and purse/wallet were never recovered.

Police told Bigoms they were going to begin the search for Dana the next day. Again, he said he didn't know anything.

Police: "Did you kill Dana?" Bigoms: "No." Then immediately asks for a cigarette.

Police told Bigoms they were going to begin the search for Dana the next day. Again, he said he didn't know anything.

Bigoms maintained he wasn't w/ Dana past 11pm, didn't go back to her house, didn't call her to meet & didn't know where she was.

Police: "We're gonna find Dana. When we do, if she's dead, what's she gonna tell us? Physical evidence. Will it point to you?"

Police: Do you think Dana's still alive? B: I hope so. Police: Would anyone want to hurt her? B: No, she's a sweet woman.

Bigoms: "Was her phone movin' with my phone?" Cops: "It was."

Police: "Both of your phones were in the same area at the same time, 2:30am. Coincidence?" Bigoms pretty much speechless.

Police ask Bigoms why he didn't notice Dana's Jeep on the side of the road. He said "I wouldn't have recognized her car."

Bigoms told cops he was "making a booty call" around 2:30am. Said he "probably" went thru Wilcox Tunnel. No clear recollection.

Cell tower showed Bigoms' 2:30am call to Dana occurred in the Wilcox Tunnel area -- where Dana's Jeep was found abandoned.

Bigoms: I was home when last called Dana, possibly "in his sleep." Police: you weren't home when you called Dana at 2:30am.

Intvu: Bigoms starts getting called out on false statements. Surveillance shows 2-3 hrs past time he said they were shopping.

Police asked Bigoms if he tried looking for  Dana. Bigoms: "I had no idea where to look."

Testimony picking back up w/ CPD Sgt. Montgomery -- more of Bigoms audio recordings with police.

Quick trial break. Matters on the daily docket.

Graphic > Pathologist: no way to know if Wilkes' head/hands were removed while alive, or the order of dismemberment. #

Graphic > Pathologist: Wilkes' head was cut off from behind, believes manual saw was used to due to several marks on bones.
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