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Pilot Arrested at Airport in Triple Homicide

Christian R. Martin nabbed in Louisville, accused of killing 3 people in 2015
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 12, 2019 3:00 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by the Christian County (Ky.) Detention Center shows Christian R. Martin, still in his pilot's uniform.   (Christian County, Kentucky, Detention Center via AP)

(Newser) – A pilot for an American Airlines subsidiary was arrested Saturday in the 2015 shooting deaths of three people in Kentucky. Christian R. Martin was arrested at the Louisville airport, a day after he was indicted by a Christian County grand jury in the November 2015 deaths of Calvin and Pamela Phillips of Pembroke and their neighbor, Edward Dansereau, said state Attorney General Andy Beshear, per the AP. Martin moved from Christian County after the slayings and was living in North Carolina at the time of the indictment. American Airlines said Martin has been a pilot for subsidiary PSA Airlines since January 2018. In fact, his jail mugshot shows him wearing a pilot's uniform.

As for the 2015 murders, police said Calvin Phillips, 59, was found shot to death in the cellar of his home. The bodies of Pamela Phillips, 58, and Dansereau, 63, were found a few miles away in a cornfield inside her burned car. Authorities have not given a motive for the slayings or said what led them to believe Martin was responsible. Beshear said he met nearly two years ago with the couple's son, Matt Phillips, who was worried the case had stalled. Beshear accepted a request from the local commonwealth attorney to appoint a special prosecutor to handle the case. Relatives of Calvin and Pamela Phillips had offered a $100,000 reward to help solve the case.

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