The Kentucky Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Kevin Wayne Dunlap case this morning in Frankfort, where attorneys for the man accused of murdering three children and attempting to kill their mother four years ago in Trigg County said he was incompetent to make his guilty plea when he did.
The Justices seemed to have a hard time accepting the defense argument that an unusual brain shape could have hindered his decision-making abilities when he committed the crime and when he made the plea.
Justice Mary Noble pointed out that Dunlap had just as much brain as he ever did when he made his plea and when he killed Kayla Williams, Kortney Frensley and Ethan Frensley and attempted to kill Kristy Frensley before setting their Roaring Springs home on fire.
Justice Wil Schroeder took issue with the assertion that anyone who would plead guilty must have a mental deficiency, with Ms. Noble saying that was not the defense argument.
Dunlap’s defense has argued he doesn’t have a frontal lobe to his brain the way a normal person does, which could hinder his ability to make correct decisions. They also argued with the jury selection process in the sentencing case, saying jurors were allowed to remain in the pool who should have been struck.
The court will issue their ruling at a later time and Justice Bill Cunningham recused himself from the case.
The second annual Kelly Little Green Men Days will get underway tomorrow night in the north Christian County community, with perfect weather and a large crowd anticipated.
Event organizer Frank Brown says there will be plenty of entertainment for the Friday
Following the escape artist’s performance, there will be a video-drama about the “Kelly Green men incident” of August 21st, 1955.
Tickets for Friday night’s events are a 10 dollar donation to the Kelly Community organization, while admission to all of Saturday’s festivities is free. The weather forecast calls for nearly ideal conditions and Brown says he expects people from across the country and at least one person from Australia to attend.
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No one was injured in a small fire at Metalsa in Industrial Park late yesterday morning.
The Hopkinsville Fire Department was called to the factory formerly known as Dana at 301 Bill Bryan Boulevard around 11:30, when a smoke collector used to filter the air caught fire according to the report.
Four trucks and 12 fire-fighters quickly got the blaze under control, with minimal damage done. A spark in the filtering system likely started the fire, according to the report.
One of this week’s Crime Stoppers Fugitives of the Week has already been arrested, thanks to an anonymous tipster.
Taken into custody at 203 Moores Drive around 3:45pm Wednesday was 28-year old Anthony Chambers of Hopkinsville. Chambers had been wanted for failure to appear in court and failure to pay child support charges.
Crime Stoppers Coordinator Paul Ray says the tipster will receive a cash reward.
A Hopkinsville Middle School student was only at school for about two hours on the year’s first day before he was cited into juvenile court for allegedly kicking a fellow student and attempting to punch the principal.
The citation from Hopkinsville Police School Resource Officer Frankie Pollard says the 15-year old white male threw a rubiks cube at a female student and hit her in the leg, before running to another girl and kicking her in the leg as hard as he could.
Officer Pollard writes the boy then began yelling racial slurs, calling teachers the “N word” and saying he wouldn’t listen to anyone. As police walked him by the principal, he allegedly tried to strike her with both fists, though Officer Pollard was able to restrain him before he made contact.
Officer Pollard writes he fears someone at the school will be severely injured if the boy is allowed to continue to attend and says he heard of the student’s reputation last school year.