Kentucky murder case moves forward with grand jury indictment


Veterinarian's brother faces death penalty for family murders.

Ryan ChampionThe Trigg County Grand Jury in Kentucky indicted Ryan Champion Nov. 12 on three counts of complicity to capital murder, one count of murder and one count of complicity to capital kidnapping in connection with the shooting deaths of his sister, veterinarian Emily Champion; his parents, Lindsey and Joy Champion; and Vito Riservato.

Lindsey, Joy and Emily Champion, along with Riservato, initially named as the only suspect, were found dead Oct. 26 at the Champion residence in Trigg County. Ryan Champion claimed to authorities and the media that he was the sole survivor in an attack by Riservato. The Trigg County Sheriff's Department had enough evidence against his story to arrest him Oct. 31-two days before his family's funerals.

Champion will be arraigned at 1 p.m. Dec. 10. It may take a year for the case to go to trial, but if convicted, Champion will face the death penalty.

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