ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) -
Bond was set at $2 million Friday for a double murder suspect arrested late Thursday after leading authorities on a three-county chase.
Michael Wilcox, 27, "implicated" himself in two slayings, said Chief Deputy Carl Smith with the Brown County Sheriff's Office.
Wilcox is charged with fatally shooting Courtney Fowler, 25, several times inside his home in the 7500 block of J. Bolender Road near Felicity.
He told an investigator at the jail he "was listening to music and the music was telling him to do something crazy," court records show. "Michael stated he retrieved (sic) a hand gun from the side of his bed, and shot Courtney Fowler two times, once in the front and once in the back."
He also told the detective he did not call to get the woman help.
Her body was found Thursday after one of her relatives grew concerned about her, went to the home and found her body. Smith said she was shot "several times."
Wilcox was not at the scene at that point, but a county prosecutor's investigator on his way to get a search warrant to go through the house spotted him driving in a red, 2009 Subaru back to the house, Smith said. He tried to ram the investigator's vehicle, but his vehicle landed in a ditch. The investigator and another person tried to pull Wilcox out of the car, but he sped off, dragging the pair down the road a bit.
"They both tried to make a stop on the subject out on J. Bolender Road where he tried to run them off the road. They opened up his car door after he hit the ditch. They tried to get him under control and he ended up dragging both of them down the road a piece," Chief Deputy Carl Smith said.
New Richmond police spotted him, and a pursuit ensued on Route 52 that spanned through Brown and Clermont counties into the eastern edge of Hamilton County.
Wilcox was arrested on the corner of Ridgestone Drive at 8 Mile Road in Anderson Township.
Since his arrest, authorities in Northern Kentucky discovered the body of 27-year-old Zachary Gilkison in the 800 block of Main Street in Elsmere around 3:47 a.m. Friday.
"There were about 7 or 8 cop cars outside, and I saw yellow tape put on the side, and we just didn't know what was going on,” said Molly Marksberry, who lives next door to the crime scene in Elsmere.
Police say upon arriving at the residence they located Gilkison's body inside the home with an apparent gunshot wound.
“When I did go to bed last night, I heard some talking in my side yard – couple guys talking. I just maybe thought he's was having a party or a get-together that he would do on occasion,” said Marksberry.
Wilcox is a suspect in that homicide, too, Smith said, and a weapon was recovered. He described Wilcox as a "friend" to Gilkison.What was going on is believed the be the second half of a double murder investigation.
"I just talked to him the other day. He had just gotten on at Ford Motor Company, which I worked at when I was a young guy. We had that in common for a second. He shared how happy he was to be doing that,” said Rick Marksberry of the victim, his next door neighbor, Gilkison. “Just an easygoing guy to us. He never gave us any hassles as a neighbor.”
Several people told FOX19 NOW that Gilkison was an avid beer pong player, playing in tournaments and competitions locally and nationally.
Elsmere and Erlanger police are still investigating at that scene, which is located about an hour away from Wilcox's house.
Wilcox entered a not guilty plea deal Friday afternoon. He will appear in court on April 20.