Christian R. Martin, 51, a pilot for PSA Airlines, an American Airlines subsidiary, was arrested Saturday at the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport in connection to the 2015 killings of three people.
He was arrested as he prepared to fly as first officer on Flight 5523 from Louisville to Charlotte, North Carolina, Martin was indicted by a grand jury in the November 2015 murders of Calvin and Pamela Phillips of Pembroke and their neighbor, Edward Dansereau. Calvin Phillips was found shot to death in his Pembroke, Kentucky, home on Nov. 18, 2015. The bodies of Phillips’ wife, Pamela, and their neighbor, Edward Dansereau, were later discovered a few miles away in a cornfield inside her burned car. After the murders, Martin moved to Christian County, Ky., and was living in North Carolina at the time of the indictment. American Airlines said in a statement that it is cooperating in the investigation.
"Our team was made aware of the indictment this morning after his arrest at Louisville International Airport. 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.” Relatives of Calvin and Pamela Phillips had offered a $100,000 reward to help solve the case. Crystal Staley, spokeswoman for the Kentucky Attorney General's office, said prosecutors could not yet discuss a possible motive. "Today is an indictment and there will be many steps from here," the attorney general said.