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Update: Man Indicted For 2015 Christian Co. Triple Murder Could Face Death, Held Without Bond

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Update: The man indicted for the murders of three people in Christian County in 2015 is being held without bond and could face the death penalty.

An indictment from the Christian Circuit Court said Christian Richard Martin faces three counts of murder, two counts of burglary, and three counts of tampering with physical evidence.

The Commonwealth recommended over the weekend Martin be held without bond due to his indictment for a capital offense.

Calvin Phillips, Pamela Phillips and Edward Dansereau were killed in Pembroke between November 18-19, 2015. Martin was arrested Saturday morning at the Louisville International Airport.

Original Post 5/11: Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear on Saturday announced that a Christian County grand jury has indicted a man on charges involving the 2015 murders of three people in Pembroke.

Christian Richard Martin was indicted Friday on three counts of murder, one count of arson, one count of attempted arson, first degree burglary and three counts of tampering with physical evidence.

Martin was arrested Saturday morning at the Louisville International Airport, with help from the U.S. Marshals Service, Christian County Sheriff's Office and Louisville Metro Police.

Calvin Phillips was found shot to death in his home in Pembroke on November 18, 2015. The bodies of his wife Pamela Phillips and neighbor Edward Dansereau were found a few miles away in a corn field in a burned car. Pamela Phillips owned the car.

Beshear said he met with the family's son nearly two years ago, who was worried the case had stalled. Beshear then appointed a special prosecutor upon the request of the Commonwealth's Attorney.

Martin was living in North Carolina at the time of the indictment. He was returned to Christian County for trial. Christian Circuit Court Judge John Adkins has ordered the defendant held without bond. Beshear's Special Prosecutions Unit will serve as prosecutor.

Family members said in a statement they were overwhelmed by the positive step towards resolution.


Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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