Kentucky State Police Detectives have charged 36-year-old Ryan Champion with the deaths of his mother, father, and sister. He is also being criminally charged with the death of Vito Riservato.
The State Police have been investigating the murders of Joy Champion, Lindsey Champion, Emily Champion and Vito Riservato since they were found at the Champion’s residence in Cadiz on October 26th. Since that time, investigators have been gathering evidence and speaking to a number or people culminating enough probable cause for an arrest warrant.
Ryan Champion, 36, said he and his sister were visiting their parents and had just returned from church when Riservato showed up and started shooting. Ryan said he managed to turn the tables on the shooter and kill him.
Ryan Champion claimed in interviews to have just met Riservato a week ago.
“Very, very short relationship, but that’s all I can say about that subject,” he said.
But one of Riservato’s roommates said the two have known each other much longer.
“I knew they were friends,” Ariel Lower told a reporter for Nashville TV station WSMV. “I knew Ryan’s name always popped up.”
Some of Riservato’s other roommates also said that the two knew each other for several years. Lower also said Riservato told her somebody offered him a large amount of money to carry out a murder.
Champion did an interview with LEX 18.
“I was able to turn the tables on him. He got…he got close enough to me to where I could turn the tables, and that was it. Every minute that the entire thing was going on, that’s all I was waiting for. I was waiting for an opportunity,” he said.
State Police have formally charged Ryan Champion with four counts of Capital Murder and one count of Capital Kidnapping. Champion is currently being processed at the Christian County Detention Center. The investigation is ongoing. Kentucky State Police has been assisted by Cadiz Police Department, Trigg County Sheriff’s Office, Christian County Sheriff’s Office, and Hopkinsville Police Department.