“I guess anything’s possible, but it’s not likely” that Kevin Wayne Dunlap could bond out of jail, said G.L. Ovey, Trigg commonwealth attorney.
Dunlap, 36, is charged with three counts of capital murder, four counts of kidnapping, three counts of tampering with evidence, and one count each of attempted murder, arson, rape and burglary.
Ovey had asked Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall III to deny bail Friday based on testimony presented at a preliminary hearing in October. Dunlap’s attorneys objected, insisting they be allowed to again cross-examine any witnesses presented.
When Woodall declined to rule based on the previous testimony, Ovey asked for a $10 million bail so that witnesses did not have to testify Friday.
Jason File, an assistant to lead defense attorney Jim Gibson, argued for a lower bond, saying Dunlap has no history of not appearing in court when required. Court records show his prior convictions as two speeding offenses and one count of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
The court has declared Dunlap indigent and appointed a public defender, indicating he has little money for bail, File said.
“You might as well just not set any bond,” he said. “There’s no possible way he could come up with that kind of money.”
In setting Dunlap’s bail for $3 million, Woodall said he had to balance competing requirements of the law that bail not be oppressive and that it be in line with the seriousness of the charges.
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