SEVERE WX : Air Stagnation Advisory View Alerts

Grand jury formally charges Shady Cove man with Easter Sunday double-murder

An autopsy confirmed that two women died of 'multiple gunshot wounds' over the weekend.

Posted: Apr 21, 2019 3:17 PM
Updated: Apr 25, 2019 11:05 AM

SHADY COVE, Ore. -- 

UPDATE: Kit Wilkins has been formally charged with the murder of Shirley Gann and Judy Gann, according to the Jackson County DA's Office.

Wilkins was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday, determining that he will face two counts of aggravated murder and two counts of murder. Wilkins continues to be held without bail, with an arraignment forthcoming.

"Due to the pending criminal proceedings in this case, no further facts will be released regarding the incident," the DA's office said.

(Updated 4/25/19 at 11 a.m.)


UPDATE: Two women discovered dead on Easter Sunday in Shady Cove suffered "multiple gunshot wounds" causing their deaths, an autopsy by the Jackson County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed on Wednesday.

As a result, the deaths of both 62-year-old Shirley Kay Gann and her daughter, 43-year-old Judy Mae Gann have been ruled homicides, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO).

59-year-old Kit Warren Wilkins remains behind bars at the Jackson County Jail, charged with two counts of murder and two counts of aggravated murder. He is being held without bail.

JCSO said that no further information will be released at this time.

(Updated 4/24/19 at 2:30 p.m.)


UPDATE: On Monday, law enforcement officials identified the suspect and victims in an apparent double murder discovered at a Shady Cove home on Easter Sunday.

When deputies arrived at the scene just after 10 a.m. on Sunday morning, they discovered 62-year-old Shirley Kay Gann and her daughter, 43-year-old Judy Mae Gann, both dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

Deputies arrested 59-year-old Kit Warren Wilkins at the scene. He is now lodged in the Jackson County Jail, charged with two counts of aggravated murder.

"Investigators say Wilkins and Shirley Gann were reportedly involved in a long-term relationship and living together at the residence," the Jackson County Sheriff's Office (JCSO) said in a statement. "Judy Gann, the daughter of Shirley Gann, was temporarily staying at the home at the time of the incident."

Investigation by the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU) is ongoing, headed by JCSO detectives. There will also be an autopsy performed on the two victims to verify official cause and manner of death, JCSO said.

Detectives would like to speak with anyone who had contact with the victims or Wilkins on Saturday, April 20, as well as anyone who has information that may be relevant to the case. Call Detective David Seese at (541) 774-6800. Refer to case #19-7804.

(Updated 4/22/19 at 1:30 p.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) detectives are investigating a homicide in Shady Cove.

Detectives say one person of interest is currently in custody; there is no known threat to the public regarding this incident.

On Sunday, April 21, 2019, at 10:13 a.m., dispatch received a 911 call from a residence in the 500-block of Sarma Drive. Deputies arrived on scene at 10:39 a.m.

An investigator with the Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office responded to the scene. Detectives believe they have identified the deceased; however, the next-of-kin have not yet been notified.

JCSO officials activated the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit (MADIU). JCSO investigators are assisted by personnel from the following agencies: Oregon State Police, Medford Police Department, Ashland Police Department.

Additional information regarding the incident will be released at a later time. Anyone who has relevant information about the case is asked to call detectives at (541) 774-6800. Refer to case #19-7804.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 392197

Reported Deaths: 5186
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah60432839
Washington42082398
Marion39986507
Clackamas32861382
Lane30179358
Jackson24956361
Deschutes23639185
Umatilla15135182
Linn14704179
Douglas13438292
Josephine10201246
Yamhill9787143
Klamath9072147
Polk8248102
Benton611138
Malheur592790
Coos5693107
Columbia433356
Jefferson420866
Lincoln363852
Union339255
Crook336356
Wasco317046
Clatsop262735
Baker220833
Tillamook217045
Hood River214537
Morrow197825
Curry192439
Harney119933
Grant108515
Lake105616
Wallowa76013
Sherman1913
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 5087907

Reported Deaths: 74561
CountyCasesDeaths
Los Angeles152858627184
San Diego4074794340
Riverside3880835358
San Bernardino3748555967
Orange3346265736
Sacramento1684922447
Kern1578751804
Fresno1568972259
Santa Clara1522681929
Alameda1252361507
San Joaquin1076041834
Ventura1040841191
Contra Costa1038691046
Stanislaus915481417
Tulare861371099
San Francisco56931672
San Mateo56354629
Monterey52521626
Solano47693358
Santa Barbara47345553
Merced45086668
Sonoma43207412
Placer42204470
Imperial38516773
Kings35221362
San Luis Obispo31511360
Madera26233311
Shasta26113458
Butte25476318
Santa Cruz22268224
Yolo21590260
Marin18495249
El Dorado18325166
Sutter14577186
Napa13424105
Yuba1076389
Tehama10282130
Humboldt10183119
Nevada10029105
Mendocino857799
Lassen797656
San Benito782979
Tuolumne774691
Lake7046110
Amador578366
Siskiyou475855
Glenn457436
Calaveras442288
Del Norte376942
Colusa325921
Inyo256746
Plumas19397
Mono18924
Mariposa160718
Trinity99817
Modoc7725
Sierra2180
Alpine1080
Unassigned810
Out of CA00
Medford
Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 38°
Feels Like: 43°
Brookings
Partly Cloudy
51° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 51°
Crater Lake
Partly Cloudy
43° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 32°
Feels Like: 43°
Grants Pass
Cloudy
42° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 42°
Klamath Falls
Partly Cloudy
35° wxIcon
Hi: 54° Lo: 30°
Feels Like: 35°
More developing valley fog tonight
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events