FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — A man was arrested after being secretly indicted on multiple charges related to a 2015 triple murder in Christian County, officials said.
Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office announced that Christian Richard Martin was arrested in connection with the deaths of Calvin and Pamela Phillips and Edward Dansereau.
A Christian County grand jury indicted Martin earlier, but it was kept under seal until his arrest, officials said.
According to the indictment, Martin is accused in the triple slaying that took place in November 2015. Officials said Calvin Phillips was found shot to death inside his home in Pembroke. Phillips’ wife, Pamela, and Dansereau — the couple’s neighbor — were found dead in a burned out vehicle a few miles away in a corn field.
“Every day, we are haunted by what was done to them and haunted further that someone was still free to do as they wish, beyond the civility of mankind or laws of our nation,” the victims’ family members said in a statement. “We are overwhelmed with this positive step towards resolution for people we love dearly; Cal and Pam Phillips and Ed Dansereau, and the hundreds of friends, family, neighbors, coworkers and others deeply affected by their brutal end. We look forward to justice in court, and we look forward to a verdict to bring an end to this terror, and a fresh start at healing.”
Officials said Martin was arrested at Louisville International Airport with help from U.S. Marshal’s Service.
Martin was charged with three counts of first-degree murder, arson, attempted arson, first-degree burglary and three counts of tampering with physical evidence.
Martin was being held in the Christian County Detention Center.