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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.

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