Authorities arrested Christian Richard Martin, 51, for killing Calvin and Pamela Phillips and Edward Dansereau in 2015, according to Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear. 

On or about November 18, 2015, Calvin Phillips was found shot to death in his home located in Pembroke, Kentucky and the bodies of Mr. Phillipsí wife, Pamela, and their neighbor, Edward Dansereau, were found a few miles away in a corn field in a burned up car owned by Mrs. Phillips, according to a statement from Beshearís office. Martin is indicted on three counts of murder; one count of arson; one count of attempted, burglary in the first degree; and three counts of tampering with physical evidence.
Christian County Detention Ctr
Authorities arrested Christian Richard Martin, 51, for killing Calvin and Pamela Phillips and Edward Dansereau in 2015, according to Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear. On or about November 18, 2015, Calvin Phillips was found shot to death in his home located in Pembroke, Kentucky and the bodies of Mr. Phillipsí wife, Pamela, and their neighbor, Edward Dansereau, were found a few miles away in a corn field in a burned up car owned by Mrs. Phillips, according to a statement from Beshearís office. Martin is indicted on three counts of murder; one count of arson; one count of attempted, burglary in the first degree; and three counts of tampering with physical evidence.
Now playing
02:07
Pilot arrested at airport for alleged triple homicide
The Ohio Channel
Now playing
01:00
State senator attends Zoom meeting while driving his car
Dr. Swati Rathore
Now playing
03:09
Medical staff in India ordered to run from ICU fearing backlash
Florida Gov. Ron Desantis holds up the voting bill after signing it on Fox News live. The cable news network was the only press outlet granted access to the signing.
Fox News
Florida Gov. Ron Desantis holds up the voting bill after signing it on Fox News live. The cable news network was the only press outlet granted access to the signing.
Now playing
03:42
Florida governor goes on Fox News to sign controversial law
pool
Now playing
01:28
'Pay your fair share': Biden pitches raising taxes on wealthy
CNN
Now playing
01:45
Secret Service chief testifies about Capitol riot security
Now playing
03:01
See French and UK boats sent to Jersey over fishing feud
tucker carlson encourages mask confrontations newday vpx_00000000.png
Fox News
tucker carlson encourages mask confrontations newday vpx_00000000.png
Now playing
03:26
Sanjay Gupta: This is so frustrating as a scientific reporter
screengrab nepal hospital
onlinekhabar.com
screengrab nepal hospital
Now playing
03:13
Nepal sees 1,200% rise in Covid-19 cases as India's crisis spills over borders
Erin Schaff/Bloomberg/Getty Images/Mark Wilson
Now playing
04:16
Stefanik previously called out Trump, now she mirrors his rhetoric
CNN
Now playing
06:00
False stories on vaccine are rampant in an unexpected place
U.S. President Donald Trump works on his phone during a roundtable at the State Dining Room of the White House June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump held a roundtable discussion with Governors and small business owners on the reopening of American's small business. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Alex Wong/Getty Images
U.S. President Donald Trump works on his phone during a roundtable at the State Dining Room of the White House June 18, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump held a roundtable discussion with Governors and small business owners on the reopening of American's small business. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Now playing
02:03
Facebook Oversight Board upholds Trump ban
unruly airplane passengers muntean pkg vpx_00013701.png
unruly airplane passengers muntean pkg vpx_00013701.png
Now playing
01:38
Increase in unruly and maskless airplane passengers
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a Long March 5B rocket carrying a module for a Chinese space station lifts off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Wenchang in southern China's Hainan Province, Thursday, April 29, 2021. China has launched the core module on Thursday for its first permanent space station that will host astronauts long-term. (Ju Zhenhua/Xinhua via AP)
Ju Zhenhua/Xinhua/AP
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, a Long March 5B rocket carrying a module for a Chinese space station lifts off from the Wenchang Spacecraft Launch Site in Wenchang in southern China's Hainan Province, Thursday, April 29, 2021. China has launched the core module on Thursday for its first permanent space station that will host astronauts long-term. (Ju Zhenhua/Xinhua via AP)
Now playing
02:03
'Out of control' rocket being monitored by Pentagon
CNN/Getty Images
Now playing
01:04
McConnell refuses to voice support for Liz Cheney
Pool
Now playing
01:14
Biden: Cheney drama shows GOP in midst of a mini-revolution
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 18: Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the adjusts her face mask during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal coronavirus response on Capitol Hill on March 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images)
Susan Walsh/Pool/Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 18: Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the adjusts her face mask during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on the federal coronavirus response on Capitol Hill on March 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Susan Walsh-Pool/Getty Images)
Now playing
04:17
CDC director addresses confusion around mask guidance
(CNN) —  

A pilot for a subsidiary of American Airlines was arrested at Louisville International Airport after he was indicted in connection with the 2015 deaths of a Kentucky couple and their neighbor, authorities said.

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

Calvin Phillips was found shot to death in his Pembroke home on or about November 18, 2015, Beshear said in a statement. The bodies of Pamela Phillips and Dansereau were found a few miles away in a cornfield in her burned car.

A Christian County grand jury indicted Martin on Friday on three counts of murder (a capital felony); one count of arson; one count of attempted arson; two counts of burglary in the first degree and three counts of tampering with physical evidence, according to the grand jury document. The indictment was sealed until he was taken into custody Saturday, Beshear said.

The attorney general, speaking to reporters Monday, said he believes he has a “very compelling case.”

“I hope (the arrest) brings a little bit of justice and a little bit of relief to those families,” he said.

Martin was arrested at the airport to ensure the safety of law enforcement officers and the public, Beshear said. He now lives near Raleigh, North Carolina, the attorney general added.

Martin will be formally charged in court on May 22, Beshear said.

Martin’s family is devastated, said Tucker Richardson, Martin’s former lawyer. He vouched for Martin’s character, saying he joined the military in response to the September 11 attacks.

Martin would have turned himself in if he had known authorities intended to arrest him, Richardson said.

The victims’ families welcomed the news, in a joint statement through the attorney general’s office.

“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 families said.

“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 accepted a request from the local commonwealth’s attorney two years ago to appoint a special prosecutor to the case after the family’s son had expressed concern that investigations had stalled.

Victim may have been expected to testify against his accused killer

John Kelly, a representative for the Phillips family, said Calvin Phillips was due to testify against Martin in a court case in 2015 when he and his wife were killed.

Richardson countered that notion by claiming he hired an investigator to interview Calvin Phillips.

The private investigator determined Calvin Phillips would be a star witness for Martin’s side, Richardson said.

“If there is a poster child for ‘life is not fair,’ it would be a picture of Kit Martin,” Richardson said. “They took a fine man and drug him through the mud.”

Martin was kicked out of the military after lengthy career

Martin, who over a period of 30 years served in the Army Reserve, Army National Guard and on active duty, was punitively dismissed from the service in August 2016 following a court-martial.

He was found guilty of two counts of mishandling classified information and of assault on a child under the age of 16, military records show.

Martin was sentenced to be reprimanded, forfeit all pay, be confined for 90 days and to be dismissed from the service.

The Leaf-Chronicle of Clarksville, Tennessee, reported Philips had been scheduled to testify in the court-martial when it was originally supposed to have been held in December 2015. The report said the Phillips lived across the street from the Martins.

’Like something in a movie’

At the Louisville airport where Martin was arrested, passengers expressed shock, according to CNN affiliate WDRB.

Ashley Martin and her mother, Frances Wise, were waiting to board an American Airlines flight from Louisville to Charlotte when they heard their pilot had been arrested.

“It was like something you would totally see in a movie,” Martin – no relation to the accused – said.

“It was very tense,” her mother told WDRB. “You could tell the employees knew something was going on.”

The women assumed their pilot had been intoxicated and learned of the reason for his arrest later in the day.

“It’s startling,” said Martin. “It’s scary to think this happened so long ago, and they’re just now getting around to catching the guy.”

Pilot flies for regional airline

American Airlines says Martin was a pilot for regional subsidiary PSA Airlines.

“All of us at American Airlines and PSA Airlines are deeply saddened to have learned about these allegations from 2015. Our team was made aware of the indictment this morning after his arrest at Louisville International Airport,” it said in a statement.

“We have an unwavering commitment to the safety and security of our customers and team members, and we will provide any investigative assistance possible to law enforcement throughout their investigation.”

The airline 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.

CNN’s Steve Almasy and LaRell Reynolds contributed to this report.