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December 29, 2011 at 1:51 PM

Suspect in Woodinville teacher's death had violated probation

Prudence Hockley (Photo provided by KING5)

The man arrested in connection with the death of a Woodinville teacher over the Christmas weekend had violated probation in Georgia and was not supposed to be in Washington state, according to authorities.

Johnnie Lee Wiggins, 48, had been convicted of assault in Georgia and, after his release, was transferred to the supervision of the Washington Department of Corrections (DOC) in 2008.

When the personal trainer and bodybuilder broke the conditions of his parole in this state in May by possessing illegal steroids and being violent toward his community corrections officer, Washington asked Georgia to take Wiggins back, according to Washington DOC spokesman Chad Lewis.

Lewis said Wiggins returned to Georgia in August.

Gwendolyn Hogan, a spokeswoman for the Georgia State Department of Corrections, said Wiggins voluntarily reported to a probation officer in the Cobb Judicial Circuit in Cobb County, Ga. Marietta is the principle city in the county.

As an unsupervised probationer, however, Wiggins was required to notify his probation officer when he left the state or changed his address, according to Hogan.

Johnnie Lee Wiggins (Photo courtesy of the Washington State Department of Corrections)

“Wiggins failed to inform his probation officer of his move to Washington, thus did not comply with the terms of his probation,” she wrote in a statement released today.

Wiggins was charged today with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Prudence Hockley of Seattle. Hockley, who taught at Woodinville High School, died from head injuries on Christmas Day.

Seattle police say a man that had been dating Hockley went to her house late on Christmas Eve. Hockley stepped out of her North Seattle home to speak to the man.

Witnesses said they heard voices and a thump before Hockley’s 13-year-old daughter found her unconscious on the ground outside the home. Hockley died of traumatic head injuries the following day.

A Facebook page dedicated to her memory features numerous pictures and stories about Hockley, a loved and admired literature teacher.

She was, according to one poster, “one of my favorite teachers in all of my education, and one of the coolest individuals I’ve ever known.”

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