- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

CADIZ, Ky. (AP) - A western Kentucky man accused in the slayings of his parents, sister and an acquaintance has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder, complicity to murder and complicity to kidnapping.

Prosecutors say they believe 36-year-old Ryan Champion enlisted help from 22-year-old Vito Riservato in killing his family, and then killed Riservato. All four died of gunshot wounds at the Champion family’s home in Cadiz.

Trigg prosecutor G.L. Ovey has said it started out as a murder-for-hire scheme, but “it didn’t end up that way.”

Along with the arraignment on Wednesday, Ovey filed notice that he intends to seek the death penalty in the case if Ryan Champion is convicted.

Media report Champion’s new attorney, Tom Osborne, maintained his client’s innocence and asked that a trial date be set as soon as possible.


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