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Kentucky man indicted in fatal shooting of former legislator’s daughter

Shannon Gilday, 23, is accused of breaking into the home of former lawmaker C. Wesley Morgan and shooting his daughter, Jordan, while she was asleep.
/ Source: Associated Press

A Kentucky man accused of fatally shooting the daughter of a former Kentucky lawmaker during a home invasion has been indicted on a charge of capital murder.

Shannon Gilday allegedly broke into a multimillion-dollar Madison County home owned by former lawmaker C. Wesley Morgan and shot Jordan Morgan while she was asleep, according to court records and statements from Morgan.

Jordan Morgan, right, the daughter of former Kentucky State Rep. C. Wesley Morgan, was killed when an armed intruder opened fire in their home on Feb. 22, 2022.
Jordan Morgan, right, the daughter of former Kentucky State Rep. C. Wesley Morgan, was killed when an armed intruder opened fire in their home on Feb. 22, 2022.WLEX

Gilday also exchanged shots with Morgan during the Feb. 22 break-in.

Gilday, 23, was also indicted on three counts of attempted murder and one count each of assault, burglary and criminal mischief, the Herald-Leader reported Thursday.


State police investigators said Gilday told them he was determined to get access to a bunker in the home and was willing to kill everyone inside.

Gilday was arrested in Madison County about a week after the shooting. He had fled to Florida after the shooting but came back to Kentucky.