Two dead, one arrested for murders south of Eugene

Two dead, one arrested for murders south of Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. - One man was arrested in connection to two murders that happened Friday night at a property on Needham Road, the Lane County Sheriff's Office said.

According to LCSO, officers responded to a call just after 7 p.m. Friday at a property located at the end of Needham Road south of Eugene. They said the call was placed by neighbors who came by the residence to check in on a friend.

LCSO officials reported finding two people dead on the property. After an investigation of the property, police said they arrested 36-year-old Eugene resident Johan Gillette on two counts of felony murder.

The two victims were Eugene residents James Fredrick Gillette, 73, and Anne Dhu McLucas, 71.

McLucas was a professor and former-dean of the University of Oregon's School of Music. Unconfirmed reports from a friend of James and Anne said that they were in a domestic partnership, and that the couple was murdered by James' son, Johan.

Detective Sergeant Cliff Harrold said that the nearly 650-acre property is owned by one individual, but multiple people were living on it. 

"There are a couple residences and then there are some other structures on the property that I would determine are dwellings." Sergeant Harrold said.

LCSO spokesperson, Carrie Carver,  said that the cause of death is still under investigation, and officers will be canvasing the area through the weekend.

"It seems like the people use the land for a variety of reasons, so we're just trying to make sure there isn't any other crime scene on the property, and we want to make sure everyone's okay." said Carver.

The Oregon State Police Crime Lab and OSP Detectives are assisting with the investigation efforts.