Big Move in Baffling 2004 Case of Engaged Couple Shot Dead

Shaun Gallon allegedly killed couple as they slept on California beach
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted May 17, 2018 9:00 AM CDT
Arrest in 2004 Case of Couple Killed Weeks Before Wedding
Shaun Gallon   (Sonoma County Sheriff's Office via AP)

A man already accused of killing his brother is now charged with the 2004 murders of an engaged couple found in sleeping bags on a California beach. Baffled authorities have continually sought the culprit in the August 2004 shooting deaths of 22-year-old Lindsay Cutshall of Ohio and 26-year-old Jason Allen of Michigan in Jenner, but with little success. After 39-year-old Shaun Gallon was arrested for allegedly shooting his younger brother to death in Forestville in March 2017, however, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department "developed new evidence that linked him to the 2004 murders," Chief Deputy District Attorney Spencer Brady tells the San Francisco Chronicle. While Brady wouldn't elaborate on the evidence, NBC Bay Area reports Gallon told police information that only the couple's killer would know.

He was named as a suspect in the killings last May. At the time of their deaths, Cutshall and Allen had left the Christian summer camp they were working at for a three-day sightseeing trip that would've taken them through Forestville, 20 miles from Jenner. They were both shot in the head at close range weeks before they were to return to the Midwest to get married. It isn't clear what contact, if any, they had with Gallon. In addition to murder charges, Gallon also faces attempted-murder charges related to a package bomb that injured a woman in Monte Rio in June 2004 as she tried to remove it from her boyfriend's car. "Unfortunately, there are evil people in our community, not many, but he is one of those people," a sheriff tells the Press Democrat of Gallon. "I'm just really glad he's off the street." (More murder stories.)

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