About Christian "Kit" Martin
Christian Richard Martin was born on
Kit was arrested at the Louisville airport on May 11, 2019 and accused of murdering Calvin Phillips, Pamela Phillips, and Edward Dansereau in Christian County, Kentucky. Calvin Phillips was listed as a potential witness for the prosecution and the defense in the case of Major Christian Martin, who was charged with sexual assault and mishandling classified information.
Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear announced that on May 10, 2019, a Christian County grand jury “indicted Christian Richard Martin for the 2015 murders of Calvin and Pamela Phillips and Edward Dansereau.”
Martin was indicted “on three counts of murder; one count of arson; one count of attempted arson, burglary in the first degree; and three counts of tampering with physical evidence. The indictment was sealed until Martin was taken into custody,” according to the AG’s statement.
The indictment “stems from events that occurred on or about November 18, 2015, in which Calvin Phillips was found shot to death in his home located in Pembroke, Kentucky,” the AG’s press release states.
Dasereau was the neighbor to the other two victims.
“The bodies of Mr. Phillips’ 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.”
Calvin Phillips was found shot to death in the basement of his home.
In 2015, the National Coalition of Men put out a press release defending Martin. “Major Christian ‘Kit’ Martin is a highly decorated Apache helicopter pilot assigned to the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell Kentucky. He has an unblemished 27-year military record, several combat deployments, numerous awards, no criminal record, not even a speeding ticket,” the press release indicated.
At his trial on the earlier charges, relatives also defended Martin. “Major Chris Martin is innocent. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind,” Stacey Johnson, Martin’s ex-wife and the mother of his three children, said, according to Fox 17.
Martin received other support online before the murder charges, including from a site called Save Our Heroes Project. It provides some bio information on him, saying, “his father, a Vietnam Vet, served more than three-decades in the USAF and his sister was a career USAF nurse. Kit was an Eagle Scout and served in the Army for 30 years, since he was 17. He was a Calvary Scout, Ranger, Signal Officer, and later a Master Aviator and Apache Helicopter Pilot.”
The site added, “After 9/11, he left a very successful civilian career and returned to active duty in order to defend his country. Within eight years, he completed several combat deployments on the ground and in the air, placing himself in harm’s way almost every day. He earned three Bronze Stars, an Air Medal, and the Combat Action Badge.”