Kentucky man accused of killing attorney confesses to unrelated burglary

Posted at 7:15 AM, March 15, 2022 and last updated 12:22 AM, December 13, 2022

By Evan Millward

COVINGTON, Ky. (WCPO) — The Kentucky man accused of murdering attorney Jordan Morgan is also being charged with an unrelated crime in Kenton County.

Shannon 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, Feb. 22.


While being interviewed by Kentucky State Police, Gilday admitted to breaking into the Kenton County Administration Building and driver’s license office in January 2020 to steal identification-making equipment. According to court documents, Gilday told police he wanted to make fake ID cards to buy Bitcoin.

Gilday said he used a cordless drill to disarm the building’s lock and alarm, stealing more than $13,000 worth of equipment. While there were security cameras in and around the building, Gilday was able to get in and out without his face being captured.

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Police released pictures of the unknown suspect when the burglary happened, and Gilday’s family told investigators they believed he was responsible. An employee of Norfolk Southern Railroad later found the damaged equipment at a dumpsite. Gilday and other soldiers’ personal military records were also recovered at the site.

This booking photo provided by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office shows murder suspect Shannon Gilday, who is accused in the death of Jordan Morgan. (Madison County Sheriff’s Office)

Evidence was sent to the FBI forensic crime lab to compare with Gilday’s DNA when he was arrested in Morgan’s death.

Kenton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rob Sanders said the driver’s license office burglary is similar to the one at Morgan’s home.

“I think there’s a lot of foreshadowing about the facts and evidence collected so far by Kenton County police in this burglary case because to commit this burglary in the fashion in which it was committed, someone has to put in a lot of planning,” Sanders said. “There was a lot of thought and planning that went into the commission of both these burglaries. I think that they are substantially similar.”

Gilday is in a Madison County jail. His bond was set at $2 million.

This story was originally published by WCPO in Cincinnati, an E.W. Scripps Company.