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Millions sought from man charged in double homicide

A Shady Cove man charged in the deaths of two women faces a multimillion dollar civil lawsuit stemming from the Easter morning double homicide.

Jesika Kahn, the daughter of one of the two women who Kit Warren Wilkins, 60, allegedly shot in his home the morning of April 21, 2019, filed a wrongful death lawsuit last week in Jackson County Circuit Court seeking millions of dollars from Wilkins, accusing him of failing to obtain mental health treatment prior to the shooting and confining 43-year-old Judy Mae Gann at Wilkins’ home.

Gann had been staying at the home temporarily. Gann’s mother, 62-year-old Shirley Kay Gann, was in a relationship with Wilkins and lived with him in the 500 block of Sarma Drive prior to their deaths.

Kahn’s lawsuit, filed Jan. 27, alleges that Wilkins is culpable in Judy Gann’s death for “failing to obtain psychological care,” “failing to take proper medications,” and “failing to get emergency medical treatment for his acute delusional and manic mental state.”

“At all material times and on information and belief, defendant Kit Wilkins was delusional, suffered from mental illness, and/or was under the influence of intoxicants,” according to the lawsuit filed by Kahn’s lawyer, Liz Walling, of Mayor Law of Tigard.

The lawsuit indicates that Wilkins was under a paranoid delusion, believing Judy Gann was “a threat,” who warranted “lethal force as a form of self-defense in this setting.” Kahn’s lawsuit further alleges that Wilkins confined Gann against her will under the delusion, before “improperly handling a deadly weapon.”

Kahn’s lawsuit not only alleges that Wilkins failed to take proper medications, but also consumed “too many intoxicants.”

Kahn’s lawsuit, filed on behalf of herself, four siblings and her father, seeks $3 million for Wilkins’ negligence and recklessness, plus $1 million for false imprisonment Gann allegedly suffered prior to her death. Kahn’s lawyers plan to add punitive damages at a later date.

Wilkins currently faces two counts of aggravated murder and two counts of murder in the deaths of Shirley and Judy Gann; however, the charges will likely change next week to counts of first- and second-degree murder based on Senate Bill 1013, signed into law by the governor last August.

Wilkins’ next court appearance is set for Feb. 10.

SB 1013 created the new murder charges of first- and second-degree murder, which carry penalties of life in prison without or with parole, and dramatically limited the circumstances for aggravated murder — the only crime on Oregon’s books that allows for capital punishment.

A two-week trial on the murder charges is currently set to start Oct. 19.

Reach reporter Nick Morgan at 541-776-4471 or nmorgan@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @MTCrimeBeat.

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