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Posted: Thursday, 20 February 2014 12:00PM

Supreme Court Denies Future Appeals In Dunlap Case

Kevin Dunlap, who is facing execution by lethal injection after pleading guilty to the October 2008 murders of Kayla Williams, Kortney Frensley and Ethan Frensley, and the attempted murder of their mother Kristy Frensley, could be one step closer to having his sentence carried out. In an opinion issued Thursday by Chief Justice John Minton the Supreme Court will not allow another hearing of any appeals in the Dunlap case.

The latest order in the case backs up the June 2013 ruling that denied a number of allegations by the public defender concerning the effect of a spot found on Dunlap's brain and upheld the defendant's guilty plea and death sentence. Six of the seven Justices all agreed, with Justice Bill Cunningham recusing himself from the original appeal and the latest decision.

Dunlap filed a handwritten motion in Livingston Circuit Court in early December asking the high court to dismiss his defense attorneys and allow him to represent himself. In the motion, Dunlap accuses defense attorneys of filing motions without his approval based on their own political beliefs. Dunlap asked the court to allow no motions to be filed without his notarized consent.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway's spokesperson Allison Martin says the next action in the case will take place in Livingston Circuit Court, where Judge C. A. Woody Woodall, III will be asked to determine if Dunlap can represent himself.

Martin says, if Judge Woodall determines Dunlap can serve as his own attorney, it could still be some time before his death sentence is carried out.

In February 2010 Dunlap plead guilty in Livingston Circuit to raping and attempting to kill Kristy Frensley and killing Frensley's three children Kayla, Kortney, and Ethan. He was sentenced to death by a Livinston Circuit Court Jury during a sentencing trial, after pleading guilty prior to the start of the trial. No new hearing date has been scheduled in Livingston Circuit Court.

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