Motions heard during video hearing for Pembroke murders suspect

Christian “Kit” Martin, the man charged in the connection with the murders of three neighbors in Pembroke in 2015, appeared in front of Circuit Judge John Atkins via video conference Wednesday.

Motions were considered during the conference, with Martin’s defense attorney Tom Griffith’s requesting they be given a bill of particulars, which would outline specific charges against his client.  He argues that with what evidence they’ve been given, the defense can’t determine what the Commonwealth is alleging Martin to have done.

Assistant Attorney General Barbara Whaley says they have made the charges quite clear in the existing indictment and have provided large amounts of evidence.

Circuit Judge John Atkins denied the request for a bill of particulars and set a pretrial conference for April 16, where all parties involved intend to participate in a bond hearing and hear an update on evidence that is currently out for testing.

Martin is charged for three counts of murder, arson, attempted arson, first-degree burglary and three counts of tampering with physical evidence. Each count of the indictment alleges Martin acted “alone or in complicity with others or another.”

The charges are in relation to the events that occurred on November 18, 2015, in which Calvin Phillips was found shot to death in his home located on South Main Street in Pembroke. The bodies of Pamela Phillips and their neighbor, Edward Dansereau were found a few miles away in a corn field near Rosetown Road in a burned up car owned by Mrs. Phillips.  Martin could face the death penalty, if convicted.