SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on Sonoma County cold case killings (all times local):
The man suspected of killing a young couple camping on a Northern California beach was earlier charged with killing his younger brother.
Shaun Gallon was arrested and charged with murder on March 25 for the shooting death of his 36-year-old brother.
Investigators say 38-year-old Gallon shot his brother in the home they shared with their mother in Forestville, a rural community 66 miles (106 kilometrs) north of San Francisco.
Police say they recovered an assault-style rifle they believe Gallon assembled. He is being held in Sonoma County jail without bail
The bodies of 22-year-old Lindsay Cutshall of Ohio and her 26-year-old fiance Jason Allen of Michigan were found next to each other on a driftwood-strewn beach near Jenner, California, on Aug. 18, 2004. Shaun Gallon has not been arrested in their killings.
Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas says a suspect is in custody in the killings of a young couple on a Northern California beach more than a decade ago.
He says 38-year-old Shaun Gallon of Forestville was arrested in the killing of his brother, and investigators interrogated him in the 2004 Jenner killings.
The bodies of 22-year-old Lindsay Cutshall and her 26-year-old fiance Jason Allen were found next to each other on a driftwood-strewn beach near Jenner, California, on Aug. 18, 2004.
The sheriff says “we feel confident we have Jason and Lindsay’s killer.”
The two Christian youth-camp workers were still zipped into their sleeping bags, and authorities believe they were shot in the head as they slept.
Authorities have said neither victim was robbed or sexually assaulted.
A California sheriff’s department announced “significant advancements” Friday in the never-solved 2004 killings of two Christian youth-camp workers found shot to death on an isolated beach.
Sheriff’s officials in Sonoma County, north of San Francisco, scheduled a news conference for later Friday to discuss the case.
The bodies of Lindsay Cutshall, 22, and fiance Jason Allen, 26, were found next to each other on a driftwood-strewn beach near Jenner, California, on Aug. 18, 2004. Both were still zipped into their sleeping bags, and authorities believe they were shot in the head as they slept.
No one has ever been charged in the killings, and no motive has ever been made public. Authorities have said neither victim had been robbed or sexually assaulted. Cutshall, a native of Fresno, Ohio, and Allen, from Zeeland, Michigan, had been on a weekend trip. They worked at a Christian youth camp in California’s Sierra Nevada foothills.
Sonoma County sheriff’s dispatchers said they had no more immediate information Friday morning.
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