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Kevin Dunlap Receives Death Penalty From Jury

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Kevin Dunlap Kevin Dunlap
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Kayla Williams’ father Doug Williams Kayla Williams’ father Doug Williams

SMITHLAND, Ky. - Kevin Dunlap pleaded guilty to killing Kayla Williams, Kortney Frensley and Ethan Frensley; trying to kill their mother, Kristy Frensley; and then burning the family's Trigg County house down. 

Five days after Dunlap's sentencing trial began; a jury sentenced the confessed killer to the death penalty. 

Those who loved the three innocent murder victims reacted to the sentencing. 

"I guess we got justice, but not repayment. Nothing can repay the pain of losing her," said Kayla Williams' father Doug Williams. 

The judge charged the jury around 11 a.m., and the jury deliberating for around three hours.

The jurors could have sentenced Dunlap to life in prison or for the 2008. 

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The last day of Dunlap's sentencing trial also consisted of closing arguments. 

Defense Attorney James Gibson argued that a malformation in Dunlap's brain contributed to his decision to murder the three children and stab their mother. Gibson said the malformation should be a mitigating factor that the jury should use to spare his life. 

Gibson also conceded that the jury should at least give Dunlap life without parole. 

G.L. Ovey, commonwealth attorney, recounted the gruesome facts of the case. Then one-by-one he put photo portraits of each murdered child up on an easel in front of the jury. 

Ovey argued that the only appropriate penalty for Dunlap was death. 

The courtroom was filled with emotion. Kristy cried openly, as did several family members, during Ovey's closing argument. Dunlap was virtually emotionless throughout the trial. 

Dunlap had been charged with six capital crimes, three murders and three kidnappings.

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