Police arrest suspect in 3 Kentucky deaths
Posted: Monday, October 20, 2008 10:03 pm
By LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
Associated Press Writer
CADIZ, Ky. (AP) (AP) — Police arrested a suspect Saturday in the deaths of two teenage girls and their younger brother, whose bodies were discovered after authorities responded to a house fire in rural Kentucky.
State police spokesman Dean Patterson said 35-year-old Kevin Dunlap of Hopkinsville was charged Saturday with multiple counts of capital murder and capital kidnapping as well as one count of rape, one count of attempted murder, burglary and three counts of tampering with evidence.
Those slain were Kayla Williams, 17, Kortney Frensley, 14, and Ethan Frensley, 5. The children’s mother, Kristy Frensley, 36, was injured but survived.
Patterson wouldn’t disclose where she is being treated but said she was able to provide authorities with information and her condition is improving.
Police would not say who they believe was raped.
Kayla Williams died of a cut to the neck and her younger siblings died of multiple stab wounds, Trigg County Coroner John Mark Vinson said in a Saturday afternoon news release.
Police and firefighters responded Wednesday night to the home in Roaring Spring, near the sprawling Fort Campbell military post on the Tennessee border.
Patterson said Dunlap was arrested at 1:30 p.m. at his home. Authorities had him under surveillance since 9:30 p.m. Friday. When they obtained a search warrant and searched his home they found evidence connecting him to scene of crime, he said.
A Direct TV van was parked at Dunlap’s house when he was arrested.
“We were told a DirecTV truck had been seen in the area around the same time as the crime,” Patterson said. Police said Direct TV has been fully cooperative. Direct TV did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press.
Patterson called the crime unprecedented in the Cadiz community.
“I don’t know of a crime this heinous in this area,” he said.
Williams’ father, Doug Williams of Atwater, Calif., said Friday he was angered after learning of her death from the Trigg County coroner Thursday.
He said Kayla had recently returned to live with her mother after moving in with him, but had talked to him about returning to California for college.
“My daughter was exactly like every other teenage girl, her biggest thing in life was wanting to get her license,” Williams said. “She was a girl that could walk in the room and everyone in there would think she was an absolute angel in minutes.”
Williams said he and Kayla’s mother, Kristy Frensley, divorced shortly after Kayla was born.
Kayla Williams and Ethan Frensley lived in the home with their mother, according to court documents in a divorce and custody case involving Ethan.
Kristy Frensley’s divorce from Ethan’s father, Jeffrey Frensley, was final in February.
Residents of the community expressed relief following the arrest.
“I think people feel kind of safe,” said John Bryant, 64, who owns a restaurant next door to the Cadiz police department.
A friend of Kayla Williams, 17-year-old Kacey Rexing, called the development “somewhat comforting, but the feeling is still indescribable. It’s still hard to think about.”