Lawyers want new trial for man who pleaded guilty to murdering children

SMITHLAND, Ky. (AP) - Attorneys for a man who pleaded guilty to
murdering three southern Kentucky children and assaulting their
mother are asking that their client get a new trial.
Kevin Wayne Dunlap entered the plea last month to the 2008
slayings in Trigg County at the victims' home, near the Fort
Campbell Army post.
The Paducah Sun reported defense lawyers James Gibson and Jason
Pfeil filed the motion, claiming Trigg Circuit Judge C.A. "Woody"
Woodall should have stepped down from presiding over the case in
which jurors recommend the death penalty for the 37-year-old
Dunlap.
The defense claims that Woodall should have recused himself
because he heard the mother's divorce case and a custody fight over
her son.
Prosecutor G.L. Ovey said defense lawyers should have challenged
Woodall's impartiality sooner.
Woodall is scheduled to sentence Dunlap on March 19.
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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

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