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Alleged bigamist might have seven wives

Posted May 8, 2008

— A Cary man accused of being married to both a Cary woman and Clayton woman might also be married to women in Georgia, Virginia and Arizona.

That's according to his wife in Cary, Shannetta Dawn Stone-Wilkins, who says at least three of them could be in Virginia and one in Arizona.

Police arrested Keron Wilkins, 31, of 136 Chatham Woods Drive, Tuesday after receiving a call from Stone-Wilkins about how he would disappear for several days at a time and could not be reached.

Stone-Wilkins says she later learned he had a wife in Clayton, Chaka Wilkins, and two children with her – an 8-month-old and a 5-year-old.

"I gave him every opportunity to come to me and be honest about the situation," Stone-Wilkins said. "I don't know why he did this. I don't know what his motives were."

A third woman from Atlanta, Jenean Baker, also came forward Thursday, saying she married Keron Wilkins in Miami in November 2005 and started divorce proceedings in early 2006.

That was when, she said, she learned of his relationship with Chaka Wilkins.

Stone-Wilkins, who married Keron Wilkins in March, said he told her that Baker was his former fiancée, that she moved away and they never married.

"I'm very, very angry. I'm very upset," Stone-Wilkins said. "The reason I'm trying to get this out there is I don't want this to happen to anybody else. And there could be other women out there."

Cary police are still investigating, but said Thursday they don't anticipate any more bigamy charges under their jurisdiction. There could be more forthcoming in other municipalities.

Baker said she has decided to pursue criminal charges.

Cary police said Wednesday that they believe Keron Wilkins was purposely leading a double life.

"It wasn't a situation where there were any religious undertones to this," Cary police Capt. Mike Williams said. "He was doing this to have (several) separate wives, it appears."

Keron Wilkins was in the Wake County Jail Thursday under a $3,000 bond.


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  • rogers922 May 9, 2008

    I hate to say this, but it sounds like a bad episode of Survivor - and he didn't get the Immunity Idol!

  • Smorgas_Of_Borg May 9, 2008

    ..was he going to St. Ives?

  • Tripwire May 9, 2008

    He's innocent by reason of insanity.

  • Timbo May 9, 2008

    Seven wives is bigamy? More like heptamy.

  • alx May 9, 2008

    looks like he would have had at least one good looking wife.

  • domotamasi May 9, 2008

    I would almost bet you a lunch that one of the wives will step up to the plate and try to help him out of this.

  • seankelly15 May 9, 2008

    ljcs357 - "Who cares about this!!...people are getting robbed and their homes invaded left and right".
    The answer is obvious - apparently you cared enough to read the story and to comment on the story so I guess you answered your own question. Still, I am curious; how does prosecuting this man in any way affect the capture or prosecution of other crimes?

  • seankelly15 May 9, 2008

    RKBA - mommy2caroline -- No, the word is polgamy.

  • Southern Fried Yankee May 9, 2008

    How did he ever find the strength? The folks at Viagra must be furious that he got caught!!

  • wolff May 9, 2008

    What exactly is a marriage license? It's only affect is tax breaks. Charge this guy with tax evasion.