Jackson County Man Kills Father & Girlfriend On Thanksgiving Day

Joseph Gilley
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November 29, 2013 - 9pm

Graceville, FL - A Graceville man is accused of killing his father and his girlfriend on Thanksgiving Day.

Police arrested 31-year-old Joseph Gilley early Friday morning and charged him with two counts of open murder.

Around 10:45 Thursday night, a local resident flagged down police saying they heard gunshots at a home on Peanut Road. That’s where officers found the bodies of James Gilley, 71, and Alicia Sapp.

Gilley was arrested around 3:30 a.m. after a five hour manhunt at a relatives home nearby.

"This entire thing is kind of a shock for this small community. Living in a small, rural town, you really wouldn't think something like this would happen," said Sharon Douse, a neighbor.

Investigators determined a car, belonging to one of the victims, was missing. They found it about 2:00 a.m. Friday, abandoned south of Graceville on a dirt road. Police believe Gilley stole the car after shooting his father and girlfriend.

Neighbors say they never would have imagined something like this happening in their small community.

"I moved from a large inner city to get away from crime, the gun violence, families not getting along and it just happened right next door," said Douse.

Gilley previously served prison time for burglary and grand theft. He will be in court Saturday for his first appearance.

WJHG News Copy
November 29, 2013 - 11am

Graceville, FL - The Jackson County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man wanted for a double homicide on Thanksgiving Day.

The double homicide occurred around 10:30 Thursday night in Graceville, Florida.

Sheriff Lou Roberts says someone flagged down a Graceville police officer and said they heard gunshots coming from 5267 Peanut Road. The officer went to the home and found a man and a woman, dead from apparent gunshot wounds. The Sheriff's Office was called in to assist with the investigation.

Investigators determined a car, belonging to one of the victims was missing. That car was found about 2am Friday, abandoned south of Graceville. They believe the suspect, 31-year-old Joseph Gilley, stole the car after shooting the victims.

Gilley was arrested around 3:30am after a five hour manhunt.

Gilley is being questioned about the shooting. Meanwhile, investigators are trying to identify the second victim and notify next of kin.

The FDLE Crime Scene Unit is at the home collecting evidence. The Sheriff's Office also has K9's in the woods near the home, looking for the gun they believe Gilley used.

James Gilley
Alicia Sapp
Joseph Gilley
Joseph Gilley and Alicia Sapp

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