A Nelsonville man is facing a new charge in connection to a triple slaying in late April. Shane Kettner was already charged with the three homicides for killing his girlfriend and two children. But Portage County district attorney Tom Eagon added a recklessly endangering safety charge because Kettner tried to set the house on fire with himself and a baby girl inside.

Kettner was overcome by gas fumes before he could finish the job. He stood mute Monday so a judge entered not guilty pleas to all four counts. A pre-trial conference is set for mid-September.

A final autopsy report released last week says Shane Kettner shot his two young children to death and repeated the idea that his girlfriend died from a complex homicidal fatality. Portage County district attorney Tom Eagon said it’s possible they may never know exactly how Christine Gollon died.

Submitted by Matt Lehman, WSAU

AUDIO: Matt Lehman reports (:35 MP3)

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