Kentucky man charged in murder of ex-legislator’s daughter

Posted on April 15, 2022 at 7:14 a.m. and updated on April 15, 2022 at 7:14 a.m.

By Jordan Mickle

RICHMOND, Ky. (WLEX) — A grand jury has indicted Kentucky murder suspect Shannon Gilday on multiple counts.

Deputies escort murder suspect Shannon Gilday. (WLEX)

Gilday will face charges of capital murder, three counts of attempted murder, first degree assault, first degree burglary and first degree criminal mischief. He is accused of shooting and killing Jordan Morgan, 32, in February as she slept.

He is also accused of shooting his father, former State Representative C. Wesley Morgan. The suspect was later arrested on Monday, Feb. 28, after deputies found him walking along the Exit 87 overpass on I-75, less than two miles from the family home. It took authorities nearly a week to locate Gilday.

According to a search warrant, Gilday had written notes about the discovery of the bunker inside the Morgan family home. In the warrant, a friend of Gilday’s found notes referring to the Morgan family home and their sleeping schedules. The search warrant says he wrote details about the $6.5 million home, including the location of cameras and potential access points. He also attempted to gain access to the bunker before the shooting.

This story was originally published on April 13 by WLEX in Lexington, an EW Scripps company.


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