An ex-Army Major killed a neighbor he believed was sleeping with his bigamist ex-wife and two others to stop a child rape court martial against him.
Christian Martin, 53, was found guilty Wednesday of the 2015 murders of Calvin Philips, Pamela Phillips and Edward Dansereau in Pembroke, Kentucky.
Calvin, 59, was found shot dead in the cellar of his home in November 2015.
The charred remains of his wife Pamela, 58, and their neighbor Dansereau, 63, were found hours later a few miles away in a cornfield inside her burned out car. They had both been shot in the head.
The murders took place just two weeks before Calvin was due to testify against Martin in a court martial case where the 30-year military veteran was accused of child rape and assault of his stepson. Investigators said the other victims were shot for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Martin later moved to North Carolina, and began a career working for American Airlines subsidiary PSA in 2018, after being discharged from the military.
The allegations were first made by Martin’s ex-wife Joan Harmon, who he had recently learned was a bigamist.
Martin claimed in a 2016 interview that Calvin was also having a long-term affair with Harmon.
With the witness out of the picture in the court martial case, Martin was found guilty on charges of two counts of mishandling of classified material and two counts of assault of a child but was found not guilty on both charges of rape of a child and communicating a threat.
He was discharged from the military and sentenced to 90 days in jail, before later moving out-of-state to begin a new career as a commercial pilot.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Rachel Sharp; The Associated Press