April 27, 1984
An 18-year-old man is accused of using a baseball bat to bludgeon his mother and father to death and critically injure his 11-year-old sister at their west Medford home early this morning.
Billy Frank Gilley, Jr., 18, was to be charged later today with two counts of aggravated murder and one count of attempted aggravated murder. Oregon State Police arrested Gilley at the 1452 Ross Lane home he shared with the victims.
Gilley is being held without bail in the Jackson County Jail, and was scheduled to appear at an arraignment in Jackson County District Court this afternoon.
Killed were Bill Frank Gilley Sr., 40, and Linda Louise Gilley, 37.
Becky Jean Gilley, 11, was in critical condition today at Providence Hospital with severe head injuries. She wasn't expected to survive the next 24 hours, a hospital spokesman said.
The fifth member of the Gilley family, 15-year-old Jodi Gilley, fled from the house and called police from the home of a friend who lives nearby, authorities said. She wasn't injured.
Deputy District Attorney Lew Dahlin said OSP troopers arrived at the house shortly after 3 a.m. They surrounded the house, called to the suspect and talked him into coming outside, where he was taken into custody without incident, authorities said.
Dahlin, who was called to the scene early this morning, said the body of Linda Gilley, the mother, was found in bed. The father's body was found on a living room couch.
Becky was found on the living room floor near the couch on which her father's body lay, and rushed to Providence Hospital.
District Attorney Justin Smith said that if Becky dies, Gilley will probably be charged with an additional count of aggravated murder — the most serious classification of homicide under Oregon law. Aggravated murder carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment with a minimum of 30 years.
Lt. Brad Telyea and Trooper John Amish from the Oregon State Police Crime Lab were at the cordoned off four-bedroom house this morning, examining the crime scene along with Detective Richard Davis, who heads the investigation.
Davis said this morning that County Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Robinson had been to the scene and that Billy and Linda Gilley's bodies were expected to be removed by about noon.
Conger-Morris Funeral Directors, Central Point, will be in charge of funeral arrangements.