Martin IndictmentCHRISTIAN COUNTY, Ky. (5/11/19) — Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear reports a Christian County grand jury handed down an indictment to a former Christian County man in connection to the 2015 murders of Calvin and Pamela Phillips and Edward Dansereau.

The record shows 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.

U.S. Marshals, Christian County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Louisville Metro Police took Martin into custody early Saturday morning at Louisville International Airport, according to a press release.

The indictment stems from events that occurred on or about Nov. 18, 2015. Calvin Phillips was found shot to death in his home in Pembroke, the attorney general report lists. The bodies of Phillips’ wife, Pamela, and their neighbor, Edward Dansereau, were found a few miles away in a corn field in a burned-out car owned by Pamela Phillips.

Family members expressed an “overflowing of emotion, sincere relief, and absolute gratitude to all those who have worked diligently on this case,” Beshear said in a statement.

“Nov. 18, 2015, Cal Phillips, Pam Phillips and Ed Dansereau were brutally extinguished — beyond recognition from family. 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 family members of the victims 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.”

Beshear said he met with the family’s son, Matt, nearly two years ago when Matt was worried the case had stalled and justice would not come. Based on that meeting, Beshear accepted a request from the local commonwealth’s attorney to appoint a special prosecutor from the AG’s office to handle the case. 

“I hope this is a day that brings some justice to these families,” Beshear stated. “There are many steps from here, but we hope this is one example of when you never stop seeking justice, when you never give up, that we can truly get important results for these families.”

After the murders, Martin moved from Christian County and residing in North Carolina at the time of the indictment, Beshear said. The case was investigated by the Kentucky State Police and the Christian County Sheriff’s Office.

Martin will be returned to Christian County to await trial, authorities reported. Christian Circuit Court Judge John Adkins has ordered the defendant be held without bond.

The case will be prosecuted by Attorney General Andy Beshear’s Special Prosecutions Unit.

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