A transgender nurse who was murdered in a Mississippi hotel was stabbed 119 times, a court has heard.

25-year-old Dee Whigham died on July 23, when she was stabbed to death in a Jackson County hotel. Ms Whigam worked as a registered nurse at Forrest General Hospital.

Dwanya Hickerson, 20, appeared in court this week on am murder charge, after CCTV showed him and Whigham walking into a hotel room together prior to her murder.

According to local outlet WISTV, Deputy Leo Allen of Jackson County Sheriff’s Department told the court gruesome details about the case.

The Deputy recalled that the autopsy showed Ms Whigham was stabbed 119 times, with the majority of the stab wounds to her face. Her throat was slashed three times.

Hickerson, a soldier stationed at Keesler Air Force Base, was arrested two days after the killing, and is charged with capital murder.

According to the Sherrif’s office, investigators recovered a bloody shirt from the military base, which has been sent for testing.

A “10-inch, fixed blade Gerber knife” was also recovered from a nearby beach, though some items belonging to Whigham have not been recovered.

The case continues.