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Man Charged With Killing Children Appears In Court

CADIZ, Ky. (AP) - A man charged with killing three children and wounding their mother made an initial court appearance by video Monday in a western Kentucky courtroom.

Kevin Wayne Dunlap, 36, was represented by a public defender and
did not enter a plea. He appeared by video from the jail in neighboring Christian County, wearing an orange jumpsuit.

Police have charged Dunlap with three counts of capital murder in the deaths of 17-year-old Kayla Williams, 14-year-old Kortney Frensley and 5-year-old Ethan Frensley. Their mother, Kristy Frensley, was wounded but survived.

Dunlap also faces charges of kidnapping, rape, attempted murder, burglary and tampering with physical evidence. Police have not said
who they believe was raped.

A coroner's statement Saturday said the older girl died from a cut to the neck and the younger children died of multiple stab wounds.

An announcement was made in the courtroom Monday that family members of the victims were present but did not wish to speak to reporters.

Dunlap was arrested Saturday, three days after authorities responding to a fire at a residence in the rural Roaring Spring community near the Fort Campbell Army post found the children's' bodies and their injured mother.

Military police from the post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border have been assisting Kentucky authorities in collecting evidence from the crime scene.

Dunlap is a father of at least two young children, according to records from a Christian County divorce case that was dismissed in 2004 without dissolving the marriage.

Other records show a landlord sought to evict Dunlap and his wife in September 2007 but the case was dismissed. At his court appearance Monday, Dunlap said he had lived at his current address a little over a year.

Dunlap served in the Army from 1989 until 2002, according to Master Sgt. Keith O'Donnell, spokesman for U.S. Army Human Resources Command. Dunlap then served in a Hopkinville-based Kentucky National Guard unit from 2002-2004, Guard spokesman David Altom said.

Dunlap is an employee of DirecTV, spokeswoman Caley Cronin said
Monday.

"We are fully cooperating with authorities right now as they carry out their investigation," Cronin said.

Dunlap responded to a few questions from Judge James R. Redd III on Monday, including whether he is employed.

"I was," Dunlap said. Asked if he still was employed, Dunlap replied, "Probably not."

A preliminary hearing in the case was set for Friday.

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