The location of all proceedings in the case was changed from Trigg to Livingston County on Monday, March 30, according to a document that was signed by Woodall, Commonwealth’s Attorney G.L. Ovey and by Dunlap’s defense council, James Gibson.
The mother of the three murdered children, Kristy Frensley, made her first court appearance since the attacks took place, although she didn’t say anything, and Ovey said “she is doing well, all things considered.”
Dunlap’s attorney made the only motion on Friday, and filed to suppress Dunlap’s statements to Kentucky State Police officers, as there are parts of the tape, which lasts five hours, that are inaudible and are still being transcribed.
Gibson said he wasn’t ready to go forward for that reason, and also because there were parts of the interview process he was concerned with. He added that he wants to give the tapes a closer look, and thinks they will have to hear testimony from police.
According to Ovey, who is seeking the death penalty, the hearing could have been held on Friday because the motion includes allegations that statements Dunlap made on the tapes are incoherent and coercive. Woodall said the tape could be entered later.
Ovey said that while he hadn’t yet received lab reports of any forensics tests that were conducted by KSP, he has turned over 1,280 pages of discovery.
Dunlap, 36, 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, Frensley, as well as rape, kidnapping, burglary and tampering with evidence.
According to police, Dunlap not only raped and murdered the three children but 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.
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.
Dunlap is currently being held in Christian County Jail.