WZTVChristian Martin, 53, is found guilty of a 2015 triple murder. Martin was convicted this week for the Kentucky murders.
Martin will serve time for the murders of Calvin and Pamela Phillips and their neighbor Edward Dansereau.
He was arrested in May 2019 as he was working for American Airlines as a pilot. The U.S. Marshalls Service caught him just as his flight was getting ready to take off.
The Marshalls removed Martin from the plane and arrested him at the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport gate.
Cell tower records led to Martin’s arrest after he said he was home during the time of the murders.
Martin had been working for the airlines since January 2018. Airlines spokeswoman Lanesha Gipson said no criminal history popped up during his background check.
He got a job at the airlines after being dismissed from his 30-year Army career. Martin was discharged as an army major after being convicted in military court for mishandling classified information and assault on a child. He served 90 days in jail.
Suspicion turned toward Martin as Calvin Phillips was supposed to testify in Martin’s military court hearing. Prosecutors say Phillips could have ended Martin’s military career. However, Martin’s defense attorney, Tom Griffiths, said Phillips was a defense witness too.
Prosector Barbara Whaley said in her opening statement that a .45 caliber shell casing matched a handgun found in Martin’s home. Police say Martin’s dog tags were found on a shelf in the Phillips’ residence.
Martin’s defense says the casing along with Martin’s dog tags, could have been planted at the scene considering police didn’t find the evidence until five months after the murders.
During the trial, his defense pointed the finger at his ex-wife, Joan Harmon. Their evidence was that Pamela Phillip’s phone was headed east after the murders. Harmon lives east of where the crime occurred.
Only days before the hearing was Phillips and his wife found dead. Police believe Calvin Phillips was the intended target. USA News says the murders of Pamela Phillips and Edward Dansereau are labeled as “collateral damage.”
The prosecution believes after killing Calvin and dumping him in the cellar, Martin returned back to the house as Pamela was getting home from work. They also believe he set an alarm for 1:10 a.m. to dispose of Pamela and Dansereau.
Calvin Phillips was found dead in his Pembroke, Kentucky home on Nov. 19, 2015. Police found Pamela and Dansereau just a few miles away burned in a car.
As Martin awaits sentencing, Attorney General Daniel released a statement hoping the verdict can give some “peace and comfort.”