Trial date set for man charged in Trigg County family murder case
Ryan Champion’s trial will start in August of next year.
He is facing murder charges for the deaths of his sister, parent, and another man in Trigg County.
His ex-girlfriend, Ann Plotkin, is charged with complicity to murder and her trial was scheduled to start in February of 2017.
The prosecution believes that Champion and Plotkin plotted with Vito Riservato on a murder-for-hire scheme, with Riservato killing Lindsey, Joy, and Emily Champion before Ryan Champion killed Riservato.
Champion’s attorney made a motion Friday to take the death penalty off the table.
Commonwealth attorney Carrie Ovey-Wiggins argued that Kentucky law is clear, and the death penalty is the law of the land.
Judge Woody Woodall agreed and denied the defense motion.