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VA - Jeane Gattis, 58, Candice Kunze, 30, Andrew Buthorn, 36, slain in Thanksgiving day homicide

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by Uno2Much, Nov 25, 2017.

  1. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Youth pastor accused of fatally shooting family on Thanksgiving

    CHESTER, Va. --
    Police have arrested a youth pastor in Virginia for allegedly murdering his family on Thanksgiving night, CBS affiliate WTVR reports.


    Three in family found slain near Richmond; police call matter domestic

    The police in Chesterfield County, Va., a suburb of Richmond, said Jeanett L. Gattis, 58, Candice L. Kunze, 30, and Andrew E. Buthorn, 36, were all found dead at a house on Dogwood Court in Chester, Va. All had been shot, police said. They said Christopher R. Gattis, 58, was arrested at the scene and charged with three counts of murder.


    UPDATE: Chester youth pastor is charged in Thanksgiving triple homicide at his home

    At 11:30 p.m. Thursday, Chesterfield County police officers found the body of Andrew E. Buthorn, 36, in the front yard of a home in the 14900 block of Dogwood Ridge Court. The bodies of two women, Jeanett L. Gattis, 58, and Candice L. Kunze, 30, were found inside.

    Police said Christopher R. Gattis, 58, was found at the scene and taken into custody. He was married to Jeanett Gattis, the mother of Kunze. Buthorn was Kunze’s boyfriend, according to police.

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  2. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    Christopher Gattis: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


    Christopher Gattis and Jeanett Gattis.

    Christopher Gattis, a youth pastor from Virginia, is accused of the grisly Thanksgiving Day triple murder of his wife, stepdaughter, and his stepdaughter’s boyfriend, whose bodies were found in the home and yard where they all lived together.

    Authorities are accusing Gattis of shooting his wife, Jeanett Gattis, her 30-year-old daughter Candice Kunze, and Candice’s boyfriend, Andrew Buthorn, 36, just before midnight. Both Christopher and Jeanett Gattis were 58-years-old. According to Richmond.com, Gattis has now been charged with three counts of first-degree murder.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    1. Neighbors Heard Gunshots Ring Out but a Motive Is Unclear

    Christopher and Jeanett Gattis.

    Christopher Gattis and the three victims lived together in the home, according to Richmond.com. The newspaper reported that the women’s bodies were found inside the home, and the body of Buthorn was located in the yard. Candy Kunze had recently moved home from Oregon with her boyfriend, the newspaper reported.


    Jeanett Gattis and her daughter, Candy Kunze.

    A neighbor described hearing two bangs ring out in the night, and police are investigating the triple slaying as a domestic incident, but the exact motive has not yet been specified, according to Richmond.com. The home was located in a subdivision, and the bodies were discovered at about 11:30 p.m. on Thanksgiving. Chris Gattis was arrested at the scene.

    Read more at: https://viralviral.ga/2017/11/25/christopher-gattis-5-fast-facts-you-need-to-know/
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    NOCLUE Bronze Member

    other than downright malevolent craziness...

    I wonder what his motive was to kill these poor people?

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  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Horrific! Sounds like a wolf in sheep's clothing to me.
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  5. Uno2Much

    Uno2Much Bronze Member

    Ex-youth minister admits killing 3, including wife, stepdaughter
    By MARK BOWES Richmond Times-Dispatch
    Apr 10, 2018

    When the first officer arrived at the home of Christopher R. Gattis and his wife late on Thanksgiving night, the former youth ministry director was sitting on the steps of the family’s home, waiting for police to arrive.

    The body of one of his alleged shooting victims was lying 3 feet in front of him in the yard, the officer testified Tuesday.

    “I asked him what happened,” officer N.C. Frazier testified at Gattis’ preliminary hearing in Chesterfield County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. Gattis replied, “He threatened me.”

    In a hearing to determine if there was probable cause that Gattis killed his wife, Jeanett L. Gattis, 58, and his stepdaughter, Candice L. Kunze, 30, defense attorney John Rockecharlie told the court, “My client admits he was the shooter.”

    But Rockecharlie said Gattis advised that “he did it because they were ganging up on him.”

    Read more: http://www.richmond.com/news/local/...cle_df7845b4-314e-534f-a16d-8a20bb36651c.html

    Former youth minister faces first-degree murder
    Audio evidence reveals Gattis confessing to triple homicide
    By Ben Orcutt

    Former youth minister Christopher R. Gattis remains behind bars after three Thanksgiving Day first-degree murder charges against him were certified to a May 21 Chesterfield County Circuit Court grand jury.

    Gattis, 58, of the 14000 block of Dogwood Ridge Court, is being held without bond in the Riverside Regional Jail in Prince George County while he waits for the grand jury to convene.
    Gattis also is charged with three counts of use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.
    Arkuie Williams, state administrator for the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia, has said that the cause of death for Gattis and Buthorn was a single gunshot wound to the back and for Kunze, multiple gunshot wounds to the back.

    Read more: http://www.chesterfieldobserver.com..._youth_minister_faces_firstdegree_murder.html


    Seriously, it doesn't sound like these people were a threat to him. He shot them in the back, and one he chased outside. MOO
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  6. Paradise

    Paradise Media Mod

    He had a history with anger and abuse. Why do they keep dropping charges on these potential murderers?:mad:
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