Dunlap appeal denied, death penalty upheld
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Mar 24, 2010 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
SMITHLAND – Convicted Roaring Spring triple murderer Kevin Wayne Dunlap was formally sentenced to death by 56th Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall III in Smithland on Friday afternoon.

Dunlap is now at the Kentucky State Penitentiary in Eddyville where his death sentence will be carried out.

After denying a motion by Dunlap’s defense attorney James Gibson for a new trial, Woodall sentenced Dunlap to six death sentences for the three capital murder and three capital kidnapping charges for the murder and kidnapping of Kayla Elayne Williams, 17, Kortney Lan Frensley, 14, and Ethan Zane Frensley, 5.

Woodall also sentenced Dunlap to three counts of life in prison for arson and the kidnapping and rape of Kristy Frensley. He was also sentenced to 20 years for the attempted murder of Kristy Frensley as well as 20 years for first degree burglary and five years each on the three tampering with physical evidence charges for a total of 55 years.

Woodall ordered all three life sentences to be served concurrently with the 55 years of prison time. He also gave Dunlap credit for the 518 days of jail time he had already served.

After the hearing, Commonwealth’s Attorney G.L. Ovey commented on Dunlap’s reported lack of emotion during the case. “That’s just the kind of individual he is,” said Ovey.

Prior to the formal sentencing, Woodall allowed Kayla Williams’s father Doug Williams to read a statement about her that also addressed Dunlap directly. In it, Williams said he loves his daughter and misses her, adding that she was also loved by many others.

“My biggest regret was that I did not get more time with her and took her for granted during this life,” Williams said, fighting back tears. “I never realized what a precious gem she was until it was too late and she was gone.”

Williams, spoke directly to Dunlap about the crimes he plead guilty to, questioned Dunlap’s lack of emotion during the trial and told Dunlap he will continue to pray for him and his family.

“You are nothing but a hollow shell of what possibly once was or should have been a man. However, you are not a man; but instead, you are a coward and a monster,” Williams said.

He continued, saying, “Though I am a Christian, I cannot bring myself to forgive you, I am trying but I cannot … I hate you with every fiber of my being and I only wish I was able to bring you a fraction of the pain you caused my daughter and her siblings.”

After the statement, Ovey reiterated his call for the death sentence and the maximum penalties in the case. “Is it justice? It has to be, it’s all we can do,” Ovey said.

Kristy Frensley said that although Dunlap has been sentenced to death, that “there’s no such thing” as closure for her. She also said that with the trial over, she’s going back to Ohio.

Frensley said that Ovey has been good to them, and that she considers him “part of the family.”

Woodall, prior to the sentencing, spoke to Dunlap about his duties as judge in the case. Woodall noted that the sign above him in Latin meant “fairness for all under the law.”

After the sentencing, Dunlap was remanded to the Kentucky Department of corrections.

Dunlap plead guilty on Feb. 9 to all 14 charges springing from the Oct. 15, 2008, Roaring Springs triple murder case, wherein he raped and tried to kill Kristy Frensley, killed her three children and burned their house down.

The jury sentenced Dunlap to death after roughly three hours of deliberation on Wednesday, Feb. 24, after a trial that lasted five days and a jury selection process that lasted about a week.
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