Ky. high court weighing case of death row inmate

Skeptical justices on the Kentucky Supreme Court are weighing claims by a death row inmate that a missing right front lobe of his brain played a role in his attack on a mother and children near Fort Campbell.

FILE -- Ricky Bell, then the warden at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tenn., gives a tour of the prison's execution chamber on Oct. 13, 1999. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

(AP) -- Skeptical justices on the Kentucky Supreme Court are weighing claims by a death row inmate that a missing right front lobe of his brain played a role in his attack on a mother and children near Fort Campbell in 2008.

Attorneys for 40-year-old Kevin Wayne Dunlap told the high court on Thursday that attorneys were not given enough time to explore what role the abnormality played in the crime and Dunlap's decision to plead guilty in 2010.

Justices Mary Noble and Wil Schroeder expressed doubts that more testing would have affected the outcome of the case.

Dunlap is awaiting execution in the deaths of three children and the rape and assault on their mother in Roaring Springs near the sprawling Fort Campbell military post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 166466526 - local8now.com/a?a=166466526
Gray Television, Inc.