Conway mentioned the six death sentences handed down in the Kevin Dunlap case, which he called the most heinous crime in the history of the circuit. Dunlap was sentenced in March for the Oct. 15, 2008 killings of Kayla Elayne Williams, 17, Korney Lan Frensley, 14, and Ethan Zane Frensley, 5, and the kidnapping and rape of their mother, Kristy Frensley.
“His handling of the Dunlap case was a significant factor in him receiving the award,” said Trigg County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Carrie Ovey-Wiggins. She is also Ovey’s daughter.
Conway recognized the three winners at the Kentucky Prosecutor’s Conference at the Lexington Convention Center, and said Ovey is a veteran prosecutor who has argued some of the most difficult cases in the history of the 56th Circuit.
“I did not know I was to receive the award at the annual conference in Lexington,” Ovey said. “Apparently, my assistant and staff knew and were able to keep this award a secret.”
Ovey has been the commonwealth’s attorney for the 56th Circuit, which is comprised of Trigg, Caldwell, Lyon and Livingston counties, since 1988, and received the award once before in 1991.