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Man accused of murdering 4 people in Trigg Co. appears in court

(Source: Goodwin Funeral Home) (Source: Goodwin Funeral Home)
Three crosses in front of the Champion's home (Source: Giacomo Luca) Three crosses in front of the Champion's home (Source: Giacomo Luca)
CADIZ, KY (KFVS) -

A man accused of murdering four people in Trigg County, Kentucky appeared shackled and in an orange jumpsuit in court on Monday, according to CBS affiliate WTVF.

They say grieving family members and friends watched as 36-year-old Ryan Champion was assigned a public defender.

Three family members were laid to rest Sunday, one week after the deadly shooting.

The Goodwin Funeral Home in Cadiz, Ky. handled the arrangements.

Three crosses lay in front of the Champion family home Sunday in Cadiz, Ky.

Lindsey, Joy and Emily Champion were killed at the home one week ago. A fourth person, Vito Riservato, was also found dead in the home.

Angelica McGehee went to the Trigg County Elementary school where Joy Champion was a teacher for more than 30 years.

“Hearing this story, I was just like, how could somebody do this to her," McGehee said. "Her being the only one I knew, just so sweet and kind-hearted, it's sad.”

The surviving son, Ryan Champion, was arrested in connection with the deaths and is being charged with four counts of capital murder.

According to the funeral home, a joint service was held for Lindsey, Joy and Emily Champion at the Trigg County High School Gymnasium at 1 p.m. on Sunday, November 2. 

Brother Randall Evans, Brother Paul Cannon, Larry Kemp and Nathan Butler officiated.

A visitation was held before the funeral service on Sunday from 7 a.m. until the time of the service.

Kentucky State Police say detectives have charged Champion with the deaths of his mother, father and sister.

He is also charged with the death of Vito Riservato.

Bond for Ryan Champion was set at $5 million.

He was taken to the Christian County Jail in Hopkinsville, Ky.

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