Double murder suspect pleads guilty to girlfriend's slaying - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

Double murder suspect pleads guilty to girlfriend's slaying

Wilcox in court in April. (FOX19 NOW) Wilcox in court in April. (FOX19 NOW)
Courtney Fowler (Photo: Facebook/Courtney Fowler) Courtney Fowler (Photo: Facebook/Courtney Fowler)
BROWN COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

A man charged with murder in Ohio and Kentucky was sentenced to life in prison Monday for the death of his girlfriend.

Michael Wilcox, 27, pleaded guilty to murdering Courtney Fowler, 25, in April.

Police arrested Wilcox after a relative found Fowler shot and killed inside her Brown County home. Authorities discovered the body of Zachary Gilkison, a friend of Wilcox’s, in Elsmere the day after Fowler died.

Wilcox told an investigator 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."

Wilcox blames drugs for his actions, according to Brown County Special Prosecutor David Kelly.

It is not clear when Wilcox will face a Kenton County judge on charges related to Gilkison's death. 

In the courtroom Monday, Wilcox made a statement asking Fowler’s parents for forgiveness. He will be eligible for parole in Ohio after 18 years, Kelly said. 

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