Kevin Dunlap – White, age 35

Sentenced in Trigg County, Kentucky
By: a jury
Date of crime: October 2008
Prosecution’s case/defense response: Dunlap, a former U.S. soldier, pleaded guilty to the murder of Kayla Williams (age 17), Kortney Frensley (age 14), and Ethan Frensley (age 5).  In addition, Dunlap pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of their mother, Kristy Frensley.  After killing the children, Dunlap raped and stabbed their mother and set the family’s home on fire.  The defense argued the judge who presided over the case had a conflict of interest, due to his hearing of the Frensley divorce case prior to the murders.
Sources: ABC 2 WKRN-TN 3/19/10 (2010 WLNR 5928004), 17 WZTV-TN 3/19/10 (2010 WLNR 5836652), 17 WZTV-TN 3/19/10 (2010 WLNR 5927819), NBC 4 WSMV-TN 3/20/10 (2010 WLNR 5936190).

Carlos Ordway – Black, age 26

Sentenced in Fayette County, Kentucky
By: a jury
Date of crime: August 11, 2007
Prosecution’s case/defense response: Ordway fatally shot Patrick Lewis (age 21) and Rodrieques Turner (age 25) while the two were in a car.  Defense attorneys argued Ordway acted in self-defense when the two robbed him of his drugs at gunpoint.  They claimed he grabbed Turner’s gun and shot the men in retaliation.
Sources: Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) 7/30/10 (2010 WLNR 15158137), Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) 9/10/10 (2010 WLNR 18015439), Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) 10/30/10 (2010 WLNR 21713036), Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) 10/31/10 AP Alert – KY 14:57:37.

Parramore Lee Sanborn – White, age 38

Sentenced in Henry County, Kentucky
By: a jury
Date of crime: October 12, 1983
Prosecution’s case/defense response: Sanborn was found guilty of the murder, kidnapping, rape and sodomy of Barbara Heilman (age 20).  Heilman was found stabbed nine times, patches of her hair torn out and her body dumped alongside a rural country road.  Sanborn claimed to have been under extreme emotional distress, which a psychiatrist examined him for.  The court concluded the examination did not result in a legal violation.
Sources: 2/14/07 AP Alert – KY 21:50:34, 12/27/10 AP Alert – KY 15:13:04, 12/30/11 AP Alert – KY 12:58:51.