Sentencing jury being picked for triple murder case

SMITHLAND, Ky. (AP) - Eight potential jurors for the sentencing
of Kevin Wayne Dunlap were dismissed from the jury pool after
expressing strong opinions about the death penalty.

A panel is being selected in Smithland to choose the sentence
for the 37-year-old Hopkinsville man, who changed his plea to
guilty as his trial was beginning Tuesday in the killing of three
children and the stabbing and wounding of their mother.

The crime occurred in the Roaring Spring community of Trigg
County, near Fort Campbell, in October 2008.

The Commonwealth is seeking the death penalty for Dunlap.

The Paducah Sun reported six of the panelists dismissed Thursday
said they would not consider any sentence other than death. Two
others said they would refuse to consider capital punishment.

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