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‘Cracker Barrel Murders’ killer denied death row appeal

By Staff | Jan 30, 2018

A killer responsible for one of the most heinous crimes in the history of Collier County has had his latest appeal denied by the Florida Supreme Court.

Brandy Bain Jennings committed the infamous “Cracker Barrel Murders” in November 1995. He will remain on Florida’s death row.

Jennings, along with co-defendant Charles Graves, murdered 18-year-old Jason Wiggins, 27-year-old Vicki Smith and 38-year-old Dorothy Siddle during a robbery at the restaurant off Collier Boulevard. All three employees had their hands bound, their throats slit and were left in a restaurant freezer. Jennings and Graves were both former employees of the restaurant. The pair had also stolen $6,000 and then fled to Las Vegas where they were later captured.

In 1996, Jennings was convicted of three counts of first degree murder and one count of robbery with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to three death sentences for the murders and 15 years in prison for the robbery charge. Graves is serving three life sentences for the murders along with 15 years on the robbery charge.

“The Florida Supreme Court properly rejected Brandy Jennings’ argument. With this decision, we move one step closer to achieving justice for Dorothy Siddle, Vicki Smith and Jason Wiggins,” said Chief Assistant State Attorney Amira Fox in a prepared statement.

Source: State Attorney’s Office, 20th Judicial Circuit