A jury found a former commercial airline pilot guilty of killing three neighbors in western Kentucky.
Christian R. Martin, 53, was convicted of murder, arson, attempted arson, robbery, and falsification of physical evidence on Wednesday, said Kentucky Prosecutor General Daniel Cameron. Andy Bashir has been appointed as Special Counsel.
Martin, who flew to a subsidiary of American Airlines, was arrested two years ago at Louisville Airport in 2015 when he killed Calvin and Pamela Phillips and his neighbor Edward Dansello in Pembroke.
According to police, Kalvin Phillips, 59, was found shot dead in his basement. The bodies of Pamela Phillips, 58, and Dansello, 63, were found in a cornfield in her burned car a few miles away.
Martin faces a 20-year life without parole during the decision-making phase of his trial, which began Thursday, the Courier-Journal reports.
Special counsel Barbara Whaley said Martin had a motive to kill his neighbor Kalvin Phillips after being testified at Martin’s court martial in a two-week trial. She said his wife and Dansello were in the wrong place and at the wrong time.
According to Welly, the cartridge case on the scene was found in a vault at Martin’s house across the street, showing that it was fired from a .45 caliber pistol, and Martin’s dog tag was found at the couple’s house.
Attorney Tom Griffiths said there was forensic evidence that the bullet that killed the victim did not come from his client’s gun. He also said there were no witnesses, no DNA, no fingerprints. He said evidence could have been planted pointing to his client.
According to Cameron, Martin was convicted in a military court for assaulting a child by mishandling confidential information. He was discharged from the army and sentenced to 90 days in prison.
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