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Man charged with ‘04 Northern California beach slayings

The Associated Press

Santa Rosa, Calif. – A Northern California man has been charged with killing a Midwestern couple as they slept on a remote beach more than a decade ago.

This undated file photo released by the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office shows Shaun Gallon. The Northern California man has been charged with killing a Michigan couple as they slept on a remote beach more than a decade ago.

Authorities Wednesday said Shaun Gallon of Forestville was charged last week with two counts of murder. He appeared in Sonoma County Superior Court on Monday but didn’t enter a plea.

Prosecutors say Gallon used a rifle to shoot 22-year-old Lindsay Cutshall of Ohio and her fiance, 26-year-old Jason Allen of Michigan, as they lay in sleeping bags on Fish Head Beach in Jenner in August of 2004.

In this May 5, 2017 file photo, Sonoma County Sheriff Steve Freitas names Shaun Gallon a suspect in the 2004 double murder case of Lindsay Cutshall, and her fiance, Jason Allen, in Santa Rosa, Calif.

Authorities say Gallon didn’t know the couple, who were on a sightseeing trip.

Gallon already was charged with shooting to death his brother last year and trying to kill a man with a package bomb in Guerneville in 2004.

In this May 5, 2017 file photo, a memorial cross of stone for Lindsay Cutshall and her fiance, Jason Allen is bolted to a cliff above Fish Head Beach in honor of the two who were found murdered in 2004 just north of Jenner, Calif.