Second Defendant Guilty in Equine Veterinarian, Family Murder Plot

Veterinarian’s murder case closed

A Kentucky woman pleaded guilty to three counts of complicity to murder Friday stemming from the 2014 slaying of veterinarian Emily Champion and her parents.

A judge sentenced Ann Plotkin of Hopkinsville to 22 years in prison.

Ann Plotkin of Kentucky pleaded guilty to three counts of complicity to murder Friday stemming from the 2014 slaying of veterinarian Emily Champion and her parents.
Ann Plotkin

Ryan Champion pleaded guilty to four counts of murder and a single count of kidnapping. A judge sentenced him in January to life in prison without the chance of parole.

Champion initially portrayed himself as the lone survivor of an attack at his parents home.

He admitted in court to killing, either individually or with his accomplices, his Louisiana veterinarian sister and parents, Lindsey and Joy Champion, at the couple’s Cadiz home in October 2014.

Champion shot the fourth individual and alleged accomplice, Vito Riservato, of Hopkinsville, in the face, according to court documents.  Prosecutors said the murder-for-hire plot ended when Champion killed Riservato.