The 140-page decision, which comes 10 months after the Supreme Court heard arguments last August, says Dunlap’s 2010 sentencing trial was “fundamentally fair,” and that the trial court “properly” accepted Dunlap’s guilty plea.
Justice Will T. Scott, in the ruling, wrote that 56th Circuit Judge Clarance A. Woodall III committed no errors when he allowed Dunlap to enter the guilty pleas and then allowed the jury to determine Dunlap’s sentence, and there was no error in denying a request for a continuance or a new competency evaluation.
Dunlap pled guilty in early 2010 to six capital charges and six other charges relating to the Oct. 15, 2008, murders of Kayla Elayne Williams, 17, Kortney Lan Frensley, 14, and Ethan Zane Frensley, 5, to the rape and attempted murder of the mother Kristy Frensley, and to the setting of her house on fire in order to destroy evidence and cover up his actions.
“Our review of the entire case reveals that Appellant received a fundamentally fair trial and that there is no cumulative effect or error that would mandate reversal,” Scott wrote.
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