Bond denied for youth pastor accused of killing his family on Thanksgiving

(Chesterfield County, Va.) — The Chesterfield youth pastor accused of killing his wife, his stepdaughter, and his stepdaughter’s boyfriend on Thanksgiving Day appeared in court Monday for the first time since the triple homicide.

Christopher Gattis, 58, was arrested on Thanksgiving inside his home and has since been charged with three counts of first-degree murder and three firearms charges.

Investigators say Jeanett Gattis, 58, Candice L. Kunze, 30, and Andrew E. Buthorn, 36, all lived in the home with Christopher Gattis. All died of gunshot wounds.

The judge denied Gattis bond and named a court-appointed attorney. He is being held at Riverside Regional Jail, where is he under suicide watch.

Police responded to an alarm at the home on Thanksgiving Day. Reports indicate the stepdaughter’s boyfriend tripped the alarm after being shot and that the deadly shootings were the culmination of weeks of disagreements.