2nd suspect in a Trigg County family murder case appears in court

A second suspect in the murder of a Trigg County, Kentucky family pleads not guilty. Ann Plotkin made her first appearance in court Friday morning.

Plotkin is charged with three counts of complicity to capital murder in the deaths of Joy, Lindsey, and Emily Champion. The three were found dead with gunshot wounds in their home in October of  2014. 

Ryan Champion also appeared in court Friday. He’s accused of planning to murder his parents and sister. Investigators believe Champion worked with Vito Riservato to kill his family before killing Riservato.

Betty and Jack Handberry were in court Friday. Jack Handberry is related to Joy Champion. 

Plotkin, a friend of Ryan Champion, had gone to their house before the murders.

“They were at our 4th, of July celebration,” Handberry said.

In front of Judge C. A. Woodall, Plotkin asked for a public defender. The public defender pleaded not guilty on her behalf.

Ryan Champion appeared in court after Plotkin.

“You’re here, obviously without a lawyer. At this time I can tell you nothing bad is going to happen to you without a lawyer present for you,” Judge Woodall said.

Champion’s lawyer withdrew earlier this week, because his relationship with Champion had deteriorated. He agreed to have a public defender on his case and the judge agreed to delay any motions.

Ryan champion is in jail under a $5 million bond. Ann Plotkin is in jail under a $3 million bond.

Ann Plotkin and Ryan champion are scheduled to appear in court Friday, March 20th. The prosecutor said it hasn’t been determined whether they will be tried together or separately.

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