Felicity man pleads guilty to second murder

wilcoxby Aaron Gibson, February 26, 2016

A Felicity man sentenced to 18 years to life in Ohio prison for the murder of a Brown County woman has now pleaded guilty to the murder of a man in Kentucky.

On Apr. 16, 2015, Michael Alan Wilcox allegedly shot to death Courtney Fowler, his girlfriend, at his home on J Bolender Road in Brown County, before traveling to Elsmere, Kentucky and shooting to death his best friend, Zachary Gilkison.

Wilcox was sentenced Sept. 21, 2015 in Brown County Common Pleas Court to 18 years to life in prison for the death of Fowler. He was transported to Kenton County, Kentucky in November to answer to murder charges for the death of Gilkison.

According to court records, Wilcox withdrew a not guilty plea on Feb. 25 and pleaded guilty to charges of murder, robbery and tampering with physical evidence.

Deputies from the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and members of the Hamersville Life Squad responded to the home of Michael Wilcox on Apr. 16, 2015, where Fowler had been found shot to death. Gilkison was found shot to death at his Elsmere, Kentucky home that same day.

Approximately an hour and a half after Fowler’s body was found, a Brown County Prosecutor’s Office investigator and his wife spotted Wilcox. The two reportedly were drug a short distance by Wilcox’ vehicle as they attempted to pull him out.

A high-speed pursuit then ensued through three Ohio counties, ending with Wilcox allegedly getting out of his vehicle and taunting an officer to shoot him.

The officer’s body camera footage surfaced online and went viral, making national headlines.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Wilcox allegedly told investigators he was listening to music that “told him to do something crazy” when he shot and killed Fowler. When asked if he was on any drugs at the time, Wilcox allegedly responded saying he was “on everything.”

Prosecutors, however, denied Wilcox’ claims and accused Wilcox of attempting to fake mental illness.

Wilcox is expected to be sentenced March 28 for the murder of Gilkison.

Brown County Crime Reporter, February 26, 2016 6:41 PM EST

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2 responses

  1. Thank the Lord for this.


  2. he blames it on music,i have been listening to music and playing it for years on guitar,but i have yet to hear a song tell me to go and shoot my cheating girlfriend,and then drive 40 miles to kill the dude she is banging,this is complete lunacy in itself,i guess his insanity plea didnt work out like he thought considering he got 18 to life,i wonder if the song was 18 and life by SKID ROW,LOL


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