Taylor Mill man accused of killing attorney arrested after multi-day search

Shannon Gilday found by Madison County deputy
Posted at 8:56 AM, Feb 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-28 23:43:17-05

MADISON COUNTY, Ky. — Shannon Gilday, the man accused of killing Kentucky attorney Jordan Morgan, was arrested by a Madison County Sheriff's deputy Monday morning after a multi-day search.

According to a press release from Kentucky State Police, Gilday — who is from Taylor Mill, Kentucky — was found walking along Barnes Mill Road by a deputy at around 4:30 a.m. He was unarmed and taken into custody "without incident. "

Gilday, 23, is charged with murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree assault and two counts of attempted murder related to a break-in and shooting at former Kentucky lawmaker C. Wesley Morgan's home in Richmond, Kentucky, Feb. 22. Gilday allegedly broke into the home and shot and killed Jordan Morgan before having a shootout with the former state representative.

"We are thankful the search for Gilday has come to an end," KSP Sgt. Robert Purdy said. "(We) are grateful for the public and other agencies that have remained vigilant since Gilday was named a suspect on Thursday. Their efforts ultimately resulted in his safe apprehension this morning."

C. Wesley Morgan told WLEX Sunday that Gilday's fascination with the "doomsday style bunker" in his home may have played a role in the home invasion and his daughter's killing. He said Gilday was able to get into his home by climbing on top of scaffolding that was being used for construction work on a porch. Police believe Gilday shot and killed Morgan while she was in bed.

After Gilday shot his daughter, C. Wesley Morgan returned fire. He said he was shot three times and believes he shot Gilday multiple times, but was not sure. He said he thought Gilday may have been wearing a protective vest.

Jordan Morgan's mother, Lisa Foster, said her daughter had just landed her dream job at a Lexington law firm prior to her death.

"She always, was always, trying to give people something or help people with something," Foster said. "She was so smart, helping my granddaughter pick out law schools, constantly doing stuff for other people. Very, very generous and very, very kind."

Gilday's mother, Katie, released a statement saying her son had "not been of sound mind the last couple weeks" and had been "distraught with the certainty a nuclear war is imminent." She said he spoke about building a bunker and the CIA following him. She said she tried getting him psychiatric help.

KSP previously said they have no indication of a motive and won't until they talk to Gilday.

Gilday was arraigned in Madison County District Court on Monday afternoon. His bond is set at $2 million.

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