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Parents Learn Painful Detail as Daughter's Killer Sentenced - Page 2

Shaun Gallon gets 3 life sentences in 2004 Jenner murders
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 17, 2019 12:02 PM CDT

  • Cutshall "sat up and looked at her boyfriend, and by that time I had already cocked and shot her behind the ear," Gallon said in the confession tape. "I just made myself do it," he added. "I don't know what I was thinking."
  • Public defender Jeff Mitchell attributed the "senseless" killings to his client's mental health issues, noting Gallon "was never the same" after a 2001 LSD trip, per the Washington Post. But he said Gallon was remorseful and had written to the victims' families.
  • He was arrested on weapons charges in the days after the 2004 killings after being found on a nearby beach dressed in camouflage. Years later, his father told detectives he had disposed of his son's guns after Gallon called him after his arrest and asked him to do so. In a subsequent search of Gallon's apartment, officers found dead animals and "clumps of hair and blood" but no murder weapon or other evidence tying him to the couple. His father committed suicide in 2013.
  • The eventual confession came after Gallon admitted to shooting his brother multiple times in the chest and neck with an AR-15, per the Chronicle. The Press Democrat describes a childhood grudge over a punch Gallon had thrown. Gallon also pleaded no contest to the 2004 attempted murder of a man with a package bomb, per the Chronicle.
  • The 2004 killings might have been avoided, the Post reports, describing a police theory that the couple had tried to get a room at a nearby motel, only to find it full.
  • The couple had written in a journal kept in a chest on the beach for visitors to sign, and their entries told of a couple in love with each other and with life. "As I stir this Mac & Cheese I think to myself what a wonderful life," Jason wrote, per the Coshocton Tribune. "I've just spent two awsome (sic) days with my fiancé Lindsay. Can life ever be so perfect."
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