A former Army helicopter mechanic for the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment who was sentenced to death in 2010 for a triple-homicide reached an agreement with his attorneys Friday as his appeal makes its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Lyon County Chief Circuit Judge C.A. “Woody” Woodall told New Era he cancelled the planned Friday hearing as he saw no need of it after Kevin Wayne Dunlap and his counsel agreed to Dunlap’s demands that his legal team keep him apprised through every step in the process.
The 41-year-old death row inmate pleaded guilty in February 2010 to a brutal attack on a woman and three children in Trigg County 16 months earlier. Dunlap stabbed Kayla Williams, 17, Kortney Frensley, 14 and Ethan Frensley, 5, to death and lit the family’s home on fire. The mother, Kristy Frensley, survived after being pulled from her backyard pool by Trigg County deputy Kenneth Butts. The mother also suffering multiple stab wounds.
Dunlap burned down Frensley’s home with her children inside after he killed them.
In a December motion filed by Dunlap, he asked to represent himself in the death penalty appeals process, so he could expidite his execution, which prompted the now-cancelled hearing.
Dunlap was convicted of three counts of murder, three counts of kidnapping in which the victim died, one count of kidnapping with serious injury, first-degree rape, first-degree arson, attempted murder, first-degree burglary and evidence tampering.
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