The American Airlines pilot, who was arrested for three minutes three minutes before flying a plane from Louisville airport, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday with a series of indictments that could show him the death penalty.
Christian & # 39; Kit & # 39; Martin casually wandered to the court in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, glued at the waist and ankles. He had to appear via video from his temporary house in the prison across the court, but technical problems led Judge John Atkins to call him personally.
Martin, dressed in an orange jumpsuit and gray Nike sneakers, did not speak during the short hearing.
Martin, a former army major, denies killing three neighbors, Calvin Phillips, 59, his wife Pamela Phillips, 57, and Ed Dansereau, 63 in the small town of Pembroke in Kentucky in 2015.
Calvin had an affair with Martin & # 39; s wife, Joan Harmon, and Martin killed Pam and Dansereau in a twisted plot to cover up his tracks, neighbors say.
Family and friends of the victims were expected at the hearing to see Martin on a screen. Instead, he just walked away from them and looked them in the eye.
Afterwards, the son of the Phillipses said: "I don't know what he had in mind this morning. I hope the case can be submitted in time. My grandparents are both 83. They deserve to see the right for their son. & # 39;
The American Airlines pilot, Christian Martin, 51, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday for murdering three people in 2015
In November 2015, authorities found Calvin Phillips (left), 59, shot in the basement of his house. His wife, Pamela Phillips (right), 58, was found a few miles away in a cornfield in her burnt-out car
The couple's neighbor, Edward Dansereau (photo), 63, was also found in the burning vehicle next to Pamela
Matt Phillips' son appeared today in court with his grandmother Margaret Phillips
Prosecutors say that Martin Calvin shot Phillips with a .45 caliber pistol on November 18, 2015 and used another weapon, a .22 caliber pistol, to kill Pam Phillips and Ed Dansereau's neighbor.
Christian & # 39; Kit & # 39; Martin was arrested when he was to run a flight full of passengers on 11 May
Allegedly he dragged Cal Phillips's body to the basement of Phillips' house in Pembroke, Kentucky, and tried to set it on fire. He drove the bodies of Pam Phillips and Dansereau to a remote road in her car and set it on fire.
The damage was so complete that the police initially thought there was only one body in the car and they couldn't tell if it was male or female. They could not even distinguish the make or model of the vehicle.
Martin, 51, is charged with three counts of murder, two of burglary, two of tampering with evidence, one of arson and one of attempted arson. Prosecutors have not yet decided whether they want to apply for the death penalty. Kentucky has only executed one person in the last 20 years.
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear said he believes the state & # 39; a very compelling case & # 39; against Martin.
The twists and turns of Kit Martin & # 39; s case fascinated people in southwest Kentucky before he was arrested an hour before he was due to the pilot American Airlines Flight 5523 from Louisville & Muhammad Ali Airport to Charlotte early on 11 May.
The former army major thought he had been married to Joan Harmon for a decade. Only later did he discover that Harmon was already married when they got the knot and so the marriage was never legal.
Harmon was accused of bigamy in 2014 and was given five years of diversion for the trial.
Martin & # 39; s former lawyer said that his & # 39; downfall & # 39; his wife Joan met (right). He was accused of killing three people in 2015 and was arrested in Kentucky
This is the house where Christian Martin reportedly killed Calvin Phillips in Pembroke, Kentucky, May 19, 2019.
This statement signed by Martin, just two months before the murder, shows his conviction that his wife Joan lied to him and her two ex-spouses.
& # 39; Kit's true demise was to meet Joan & # 39 ;, his former lawyer Tucker Richardson told DailyMail.com. Ze She said she would ruin his life and, boy, did it work.
& # 39; This man is an American hero. He withdrew from the army and established successful business-delivering helicopters. Then he stops after 9/11 and takes his signature again and does three timetables in Iraq. & # 39;
Martin told conservative blogger Bob McCarty that Harmon told him in 2014: & # 39; If you divorce me, I will ruin your career. I'll ruin your life. I know how to do it. & # 39;
& # 39; Then she started listing all the threats she was going to do. & # 39; I'm going to tell them you're insulting, & # 39; Martin continued in the interview 11 weeks before the murders.
He told McCarty that around that time Harmon was having an affair with a neighbor. Although he did not identify that neighbor, McCarty confirmed to DailyMail.com that it was Cal Phillips, one of the murdered men.
Martin said then his & # 39; wife & # 39; threatened him, in early 2014 he insisted on calling the police telling him to leave his house in Pembroke, across the street from Dansereau's house, and get a hotel room. By the time he could come back in, two weeks later, he claims that Harmon and Phillips had stolen everything.
& # 39; She and her boyfriend have everything they could wear, all the heirlooms of my family, documents, things of that nature, & # 39; he said to McCarty.
Shortly thereafter, Martin noticed that he was the subject of a court martial caused by evidence provided by Harmon and Phillips. The murders took place two weeks before the scheduled date for the December 2015 hearing.
Calvin Phillips (left with wife Pam and Matt as a child) had to testify against Kit Martin during a court martial, where he was eventually acquitted of the costs of child sex, but found guilty of misusing classified information
& # 39; I don't know what he had in mind this morning, & # 39; said the Phillips Matt son about Martin after the trial. & # 39; I hope the case can be continued in time & # 39;
Martin is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, arson, arson attempt, burglary and three counts of tampering with evidence
Phillips would witness the military hearing. But even the role he played is in dispute. Martin & # 39; s supporters say he had changed his mind and decided to be a witness for the defense – lawyer Richardson said he was Martin & # 39; s & # 39; star witness & # 39; would have been.
But Phillips's friends say he would testify against the former Army Ranger.
& # 39; I don't know where the story about Cal that testifies before Martin comes from & # 39 ;, said Phillips & # 39; best friend Steve Durham DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview. & # 39; But he clearly told me that he would testify against him. & # 39;
Martin was eventually found guilty of mistreatment of evidence and mistreatment. He was sentenced to 90 days in the brig and dismissed from service.
Harmon, 47, did not respond to detailed questions and emailed her. Her current friend, William Stokes, told DailyMail.com that she is hiding.
Harmon was still married to her second husband, Guatemalan immigrant Carlos Guerra, when she and Martin walked down the aisle in 2004. Martin says it was only when he applied for divorce in 2014 that his marriage had never been legal.
Harmon had left her first husband when she was pregnant with his child and told everyone – including their son – that the man was beheaded during a logging accident in Oregon.
& # 39; That's a story you won't forget & # 39 ;, Martin told McCarty. But when he hired private investigators, they noticed that the man was still alive. & # 39;
Martin was Fort Campbell Army Major before he retired and became a commercial pilot
Neighbor Steve Durham told DailyMail.com that he believes Martin is guilty of murdering his friend Calvin Phillips
Murder victim Edward Dansereau lived in this house in Pembroke, Kentucky. His charred body was found in a burning car miles away
She then married Guerra, whom she met when working together in a chicken processing plant in Iowa. They had two daughters, who are now 18 and 15.
But when she met Martin through Yahoo Personals, she began to claim that her husband had sexually assaulted her and the girls and convinced Martin to help her leave the house she shared with Guerra in Madison, Tennessee while he was at work .
& # 39; She claimed that I had climbed through the window with one knife in one hand and that I had my other hand on her private parts & # 39 ;, Guerra (50) said in an exclusive interview to DailyMail.com.
& # 39; She has taken everything out of the apartment, all the furniture. It was completely empty, & Guerra added. & # 39; All she left behind were my clothes. & # 39;
& # 39; It was five days before my younger girl's first birthday. I called the police but they said they couldn't do anything because it was a marital problem. & # 39;
Guerra has not seen his daughters for ten years – and that was only after Martin & # 39; s investigators contacted him and he was finally able to find his wife and request a divorce.
& # 39; She's crazy, & # 39; said Guerra. & # 39; Don't believe a single word she tells you. She is constantly lying.
& # 39; She told the girls that I was a trained murderer in the Guatemalan army – but that's not right, I am a forklift driver. She told her son that his father was killed before he was born, how sick is that? & # 39;
Martin signed a sworn statement in support of Guerra & # 39; s claim that Harmon should not move with her children outside of Kentucky.
& # 39; It is my firm belief that my former wife will once again flee from this area and hide her whereabouts from the fathers of her children in an effort to prevent any contact between the children and their fathers & # 39 ;, he wrote .
Martin is depicted with Laura Spencer – who is supposed to be his girlfriend – dressed in a ceremonial military robe
Kit Martin and his & # 39; wife & # 39; Joan Harmon lived in this house in Pembroke across the street from Dansereau before their marriage was lifted in 2014 because of her bigamy & # 39;
But not everyone believes that Martin has been wronged. Steve Durham told DailyMail.com that he is certain that the police finally have the right man in the triple murder.
& # 39; I am convinced that Kit Martin killed them. No one else had reason to, & Durham, 64.
& # 39; I believe he shot Cal and then shot Ed and Pam and put them in the car. He tried to burn the house, and if that had happened, it would have been a major collapse and they would probably never have found Cal & # 39; s body in the basement.
& # 39; He made it seem like Ed and Pam were having an affair and Cal had killed them when his house burned down and fled – and they would never have found him. & # 39;
But the fire in the two-story brick house on Pembroke's main street failed to burn because all the windows were closed and there was not enough oxygen to take the flames.
Friends of the Phillip family believe the couple were killed because Calvin Phillips would testify against the former Army Ranger
Another neighbor, Mark A. Hicks, told DailyMail.com that he also believed that Martin is the killer. & # 39; There was a lot of heat and craziness going on, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; Kit discovered that Cal was having an affair with his wife and that one went against the other. I have no doubt that Kit killed them. Ed even said to me a few days before the murder: & I have to get away. Things are going crazy. & # 39;
Phillips & # 39; son, Matt, agrees that Martin is the man who killed his parents. & # 39; It's just a relief to know he is where he should be & he said in an interview with Wave3 News.
& # 39; After what was done to my parents … They were executed and so knowing that he still walks around every day is unbearable, & # 39; he added.
Martin had been associated with the murders since his death, but prosecutors could never have had enough evidence to bring the case to justice. The suspicions did not stop him from getting a job at PSA Airlines, an American subsidiary, in January 2018. The airline says he has now been suspended pending the outcome of the case.
Even now, Attorney General Beshear is not saying what new evidence has allowed him to convince a big jury to accuse Martin.
McCarty, told DailyMail.com that he believes Beshear announced the allegations for political reasons, just 10 days before Tuesday's Democratic primary for Governor, which he won.
& # 39; I believe that Beshear used the filing of multiple assassinations against Martin as a publicity stunt prior to the gubernatorial primary elections, & # 39; McCarty said.
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