The lone survivor of a Kentucky family gunned down is charged in the deaths of his sister, parents, and a fourth individual.
Kentucky State Police say 36-year-old Ryan Champion is charged with four counts of capital murder and one count of capital kidnapping.
Louisiana equine veterinarian, Emily Champion, was found dead along with her parents, Lindsey and Joy Champion, at the couple’s Trigg County home on Sunday. Emily Champion was reportedly visiting her parents before she started a new job.
The kidnapping charge is in connection to Champion’s sister, according to Kentucky State Police Sgt. Dean Patterson.
Also found dead was Vito Riservato, the man authorities initially said was the suspected gunman. He is still named as a suspect.
Champion said they returned from church when Riservato showed up and started shooting.
Stoic in nature, Champion gave multiple interviews to local media in the days following the murders. He said he was able to “turn the tables” on the shooter, who he knew for a very short time.
This week, Ariel Lower, one of Riservato’s roommates, told local news Channel 4 she thought Riservato may have been set up.
“He told us that somebody told him that he would pay him a certain amount of money, like an extreme amount of money to kill somebody,” Lower said.
Lower said Champion and Riservato were friends.
Champion is being held on $5 million bond in the Christian County Jail. He is scheduled for arraignment on Monday.
Authorities have not released a motive.