Local man's murderer still walks free

Christopher Gillespie

Christopher Gillespie

KINGMAN - No arrests have yet been made in the April 12 shooting death of 37-year-old Christopher Gillespie.

The Mohave County Sheriff's Office, which is investigating the murder, has also not formally named any suspects in the incident. Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Trish Carter said the case is still open and under investigation.

Gillespie was shot to death some time before 9 p.m. April 12 in the desert off of Old Trails Road near the second black railroad bridge.

Old Trails Road runs parallel to the portion of Historic Route 66 that breaks off at Andy Devine Avenue and Beale Street.

Gillespie had driven to the scene with two other individuals, including his 23-year-old girlfriend.

Carter said that as they were getting out of the truck, Gillespie was shot multiple times with a high-powered rifle by at least one unknown person.

The girlfriend, identified as Dana Schick, reported the incident to authorities after getting a ride into town from the other individual, 35-year-old Norman Corley. Both were interviewed by detectives but have not been identified as suspects.

At the time of his death, Gillespie was separated from his wife, Jenifer Gillespie.

Last week would have been their 15th Wedding Anniversary, she said. The couple have three children, ages 14, 10 and 2.

Jenifer Gillespie said she has been told little about what happened that night. She said she's never gotten a call from detectives on the case, and when she calls them, they tell her there's nothing new to report.

She said it's hard not having any answers to give her children, especially her 10-year-old son, who has taken his father's death the hardest.

Christopher and Jenifer met in high school in Phelan, Calif., in San Bernardino County. The pair lived in Kingman off and on several times before relocating here from Orlando, Fla., about 4 ½ years ago.

Christopher's mom, Debbie, also lives in Kingman.

Jenifer described Christopher as a funny, outgoing guy and a good father.

"Anybody that met him really liked him," she said.

The Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in the case. Anyone with information should contact Detective Steve Parker at Mohave County Sheriff's Office at (928) 753-0753 or Mohave Silent Witness at (928) 753-1234.