- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A convicted felon killed an elderly southern Oregon couple and seriously injured two dogs while committing a burglary, the authorities said.

Brian Scott Killian, 28, of Grants Pass was arrested Monday after he wrecked a vehicle he stole from the victims and tried to steal another, the arresting officer wrote in a probable cause affidavit filed in court Tuesday afternoon.

Killian was arraigned on charges of murder, burglary, robbery, animal abuse and other crimes at a brief hearing Tuesday and is due back in court next week. He is being held without bail.

Steven Krasik, Killian’s court-appointed attorney, said Wednesday he has yet to meet with his client and can’t discuss the case.

The affidavit states that Killian admitted killing Jerry Jackson, 75, and Joann Jackson, 73, at their home on a dead-end street in Grants Pass, 250 miles south of Portland. Other court paperwork indicates the weapon used was a knife.

Killian is a transient with minimal family ties in Josephine County, and it was not immediately known if he knows the Jacksons or why he allegedly chose their home.

The affidavit state he entered their home to commit a theft and killed the couple when confronted. He then seriously injured two labradoodles and stole Joann Jackson’s Chrysler PT Cruiser. Local media reported that one of the dogs died from its injuries.

Killian’s criminal background in Oregon stretches back to the start of his adulthood in Tillamook County on the northern coast. He was arrested there for drugs, theft, criminal mischief and unlawful use of a vehicle.

He then moved to the Grants Pass area and spent five years in prison after pleaded guilty to a robbery charge in 2008.

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