Gilley to face 3 murder charges

April 30, 1984

The Jackson County District Attorney's Office today prepared to file a third charge of aggravated murder against Billy Frank Gilley Jr. after his 11-year-old sister died Sunday morning.

Becky Jean Gilley suffered severe head injuries in an early Friday morning assault that claimed the lives of her parents. She died about 8:40 a.m. Sunday, according to the Providence Hospital nursing supervisor.

District Attorney Justin Smith said Gilley, 18, of 1452 Ross Lane, will be charged on Tuesday with aggravated murder in the death of Becky Gilley. The charge will be added to two aggravated murder charges already pending.

Smith said he will ask the Grand Jury on Wednesday to return three indictments of aggravated murder in connection with the deaths of Gilley's mother, Linda Louise Gilley, 37, his father, Billy Frank Gilley Sr., 40, and Becky Gilley.

Oregon State Police found all three bludgeoned with a baseball bat at their Ross Lane residence. Troopers were called to the scene by Gilley's 15 year old sister, Jody, who managed to flee the house to the nearby home of a friend. She wasn't injured, police said.

Becky Gilley was taken to the hospital, where she had remained in critical condition.

Medford lawyer Steve Pickens has been assigned to defend Gilley, who is scheduled to appear in county District Court at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Gilley will have an opportunity to enter a plea, ask for a preliminary hearing, or request more time to study his options.

Aggravated murder carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment with a minimum of 30 years.

A graveside service for the Gilleys will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Hillcrest Memorial Park, 2201 N. Phoenix Road, Medford. Conger Morris Funeral Directors of Medford are in charge of arrangements.

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