The trial of Dunlap, the suspect in the Oct. 2008 Roaring Spring triple murder case, was set for jury selection this week in Livingston County.
The first part of the trial is jury selection, which started this morning and is slated to last almost a week, and from 120 potential jurors 12 will be chosen, said Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall, who has presided over the entire case.
Dunlap originally attempted to enter a plea of guilty by reason of insanity. Dunlap was asked by Woodall if he would be willing to maintain his guilty plea even if the insanity is not allowed, and Dunlap confirmed that he would. Woodall later denied the insanity plea and accepted the guilty plea.
Proceedings will now continue with jury selection for the sentencing phase of the trial.
Hearings in the case have been held at the Livingston County Judicial Center in Smithland. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Carrie Ovey-Wiggins had earlier said that a change of venue was sought because of all of the pre-trial publicity, which she said could possibly be grounds for an appeal if Dunlap is convicted.
Kevin Dunlap, of Hopkinsville, was charged in November last year with the Wednesday, Oct. 15, murder of Kayla Elayne Williams, 17, Kortney Lan McBurney-Frensley, 14, and Ethan Zane Frensley, 5, and the attempted murder of their mother, Kristy Frensley, as well as rape, kidnapping, burglary and tampering with evidence.
According to police, Dunlap murdered the three children, raped and tried to kill the mother, left her for dead and then set the house on fire in order to destroy evidence and cover up his actions.
(Information for this story was obtained by Alan Watts, WKDZ-FM.)