HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Investigators discovered guns, zipties
and sneakers coated with blood and ash in the home of the man
suspected of attacking a western Kentucky mother and killing her
three children, then setting their house ablaze, a state police
detective testified Friday.
Police have charged 36-year-old Kevin Wayne Dunlap of
Hopkinsville with three counts of capital murder, kidnapping, rape,
attempted murder, burglary and tampering with physical evidence.
Dunlap, wearing an orange jumpsuit and shackles, kept his head
bowed for most of the Friday hearing. His public defender, James
Gibson, had no comment after the hearing. Dunlap still has not
entered a plea and remains in jail without bond.
Kentucky police detective Jerry Jones, the lead investigator in
the case, spoke at a preliminary hearing during which District
Judge James R. Redd III sent the case to a grand jury. He said the
mother identified Jones as the attacker from a photo.
Jones recounted the mother's statement to police while on the
stand. About a week before the attack, a man driving a DirectTV
truck stopped at the house to ask for directions and inquire about
the home being for sale, he said.
On Oct. 15, the same man carrying a black handgun and zipties
approached the woman while she was doing yard work. She said her
assailant was wearing a blue polo, jeans and white Reebok tennis
"He said he was from DirectTV and he needed to get some things
out of the house and nobody needed to get hurt," Jones said. At
that time the children were not home. The man gave the woman a
choice on whether he would rape her or a daughter, Jones said, and
the mother was raped before her three children came home.
Jones said the mother, who was stabbed, suffered burns and has
had surgery, was unable to recall many of the details which
happened next, and likely did not witness the slayings of her
A 17-year-old girl, 14 year-old girl and 5-year-old boy were
bound with white zipties and gagged. Jones said they all had stab
and slash wounds.
The home was then set on fire, Jones said. A neighbor called 911
shortly before 5 p.m. to report the blaze. Police found the mother
inside the pool.
Police found the children in separate rooms in the house, Jones
"Obviously they were killed during the course of this incident
and left their bodies to burn and destroy any evidence in there,"
The Associated Press has previously identified the mother, but
is no longer naming her because authorities now say she was
sexually assaulted. The AP generally does not identify victims of
Police arrested Dunlap three days later.
A man who stopped by the house during the attack told police a
champagne-colored SUV was parked in the driveway and gave a partial license plate. The witness knocked on the door, but heard nothing and there was no answer. Police linked the car to Dunlap.
Police found what appeared to be dried blood on the door handle
and seat belt in Dunlap's vehicle, Jones said. In Dunlap's home,
they discovered white Reebok tennis shoes with what appeared to be
blood and ash on the sole, as well as two guns, zipties, rope and
four blue DirectTV polos, authorities said.
Dunlap works for Bruister & Associates Inc. which subcontracts
work for DirectTV. He told police during questioning Saturday the
only time he was in the Roaring Spring community was when he was
installing cable at a home nearby the family that was attacked,
More than 25 state police officers and sheriffs deputies, along
with 20 reporters were in the courtroom packed to maximum capacity.
Family of the victims, including the fathers of two of the
children, and a few neighbors sat solemnly. Others were forced to
stay outside of the crowded courtroom.
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