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Grand jury indicts man in 2nd murder

Posted at 6:11 PM, Oct 03, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-03 18:11:33-04

COVINGTON, Ky. – A Kenton County grand jury indicted an Ohio man Thursday in the murder of Zachary Gilkison in April.

Michael Wilcox, 27, faces charges of murder, robbery and tampering with evidence for allegedly shooting Gilkison dead in Elsmere.

Wilcox is currently jailed in Brown County, Ohio, where he pleaded guilty last month to the murder of his girlfriend, Courtney Fowler.  He was sentenced to 18 years to life.

Fowler was shot dead in Felicity, Ohio, the same day Gilkison was killed. Police said Wilcox implicated himself in both killings.

Wilcox tried to get a police officer to shoot him when he was arrested. The officer, Jesse Kidder, has been praised for his restraint in the arrest.

Wilcox has said heroin was responsible for his actions, but officials were skeptical.

“The defendant Michael Wilcox has no excuse for his conduct. He has none. He spoke in court and somewhat diverted the cause to being drugs or heroin. I'm sure it contributed to things but it's no excuse for taking that young lady's life,” special prosecutor David Kelley said.

Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said his office was also working to extradite Wilcox to Kentucky to face trial for Gilkison’s murder.