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UPDATE: Kit Warren Wilkins was indicted Thursday on two counts of aggravated murder and two counts of murder by a Jackson County grand jury.

A 59-year-old Shady Cove man is being held in the Jackson County Jail on two counts of aggravated murder for allegedly shooting and killing a woman he had been in a relationship with and her adult daughter.

Kit Warren Wilkins is held without bail, according to jail records. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office identified Shirley Kay Gann, 62, and daughter Judy Mae Gann, 43, as the victims at a Monday press conference. Deputies found the women dead Sunday morning in a home in the 500 block of Sarma Drive — where Shirley Gann and Wilkins had lived together, and where Judy Gann had been staying temporarily — following a 10:13 a.m. 911 call from the residence. Both were dead from “apparent” gunshot wounds, according to a sheriff’s office news release. The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct autopsies to determine the official cause of death.

“The suspect and Shirley Gann were involved in a long-term relationship,” Denney said.

Deputies found the women dead Sunday morning in a house in the 500 block of Sarma Drive — where Shirley Gann and Wilkins had lived together, and where Judy Gann had been staying temporarily — following a 10:13 a.m. 911 call from the residence.

Both women were dead from “apparent” gunshot wounds, according to Denney. The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct autopsies to determine the official cause of death.

The autopsy should be completed over the next two days, Denney said.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they arrested Wilkins, and then later in the day Sunday they returned with a search warrant for the home.

The sheriff’s office hasn’t released information on the type of firearm used in the shooting.

Denney said Wilkins appears to be the only suspect.

“We’re quite confident of his involvement in the case, and at this point we don’t have any other information on any other known threats,” she said.

Detectives are still piecing together the events leading up to the shooting.

“At this point we don’t have any other information about the motive behind it, but a crime of murder obviously implies an intentional act,” Denney said.

Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic call at the Wilkins’ home last summer, Denney said.

“We did have a call last year in July involving Mr. Wilkins and a different woman,” she said.

Denney didn’t reveal any details about the nature of the call.

According to Oregon jail records, Wilkins hasn’t had any recent brushes with the law.

According to Jackson County records, Wilkins was the owner of the 1.17-acre property and had purchased it Dec. 13, 2011, for $136,000.

The property is located at the north end of Shady Cove, a few blocks to the east of Crater Lake Highway and the Rogue River.

The Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit continues to investigate the case, with the sheriff’s department as the lead agency and assistance from Oregon State Police, Medford police and Ashland police.

Detectives are seeking help from anyone who had contact with the two women or Wilkins Saturday, April 20, or who has any information that may be relevant to the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective David Seese at 541-774-6800 and refer to case number 19-7804.

Reach reporter Damian Mann at 541-776-4476 or dmann@rosebudmedia.com Follow him on www.twitter.com/reporterdm.

Kit Warren Wilkins
Sheriff Sgt. Julie Denney describes double homicide in Shady Cove, Oregon.