Arraignment set for pilot charged in 3 killings in Kentucky

Christian R. Martin

American Airlines told me Saturday that Martin had undergone a background check, which would apparently would have been handled by the Transportation Security Administration, and that there hadn't been anything that came up that would have disqualified him from being a pilot.

Christian Richard Martin, 51, is accused of killing Calvin and Pamela Phillips and Edward Dansereau in November 2015, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said.

Authorities have not given a motive for the slayings.

Martin was indicted by a Christian County grand jury on three counts of murder, one count of arson, one count of attempted arson, two counts of burglary and three counts of tampering with physical evidence.

A jail booking photo of Martin shows him still in his pilot's uniform. The bodies of Phillips' wife, Pamela, and their neighbor, Edward Dansereau, were found in a burned up auto owned by Mrs. Phillips a few miles away in a corn field.

The charred bodies of his wife, Pamela Phillips, 58, and their neighbour, Edward Dansereau, 63, were also discovered in a auto burning in a local cornfield.

Following the murders, Martin was confined on a post at Fort Campbell for four days after being called a person of interest in the death investigation, according to FOX 17.

American Airlines said Martin has been placed on administrative suspension pending the outcome of the investigation and court proceedings, which includes the suspension of all travel privileges.

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Martin most recently lived in Charlotte, N.C. and has worked for PSA Airlines, a subsidiary of American Airlines, as a Bombardier CRJ first officer since 2018.

Ashley Martin of Elizabethtown, Ky. - who is not related to the suspect - was at the airport with her mother, Frances Wise, when the pilot was taken into custody and described the situation as "very tense". They originally thought he might have been arrested for intoxication, but the reality was far scarier.

"He was anxious that the case was stalled and was anxious that justice would not come", Beshear said in a video statement.

"All of us at American Airlines and PSA Airlines are deeply saddened to have learned about these allegations from 2015", the airline's statement reads. "We will provide any investigative assistance possible to law enforcement throughout their investigation".

Family members said in a statement that the bodies of Pamela Phillips and Dansereau "were brutally extinguished - beyond recognition from family".

Calvin and Pamela Phillips' son, Matt Philips, told CNN his father helped build an Army case against Martin, who had served for 30 years.

Family members had also offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. He is now at the Christian County Detention Center.

They said they looked forward to justice in court.

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