Man to plead mental illness in children's murders

SMITHLAND, Ky. (AP) - The attorney for a western Kentucky man charged in the slayings of three children and a violent sexual assault on their mother will claim mental illness when his case goes to trial.

The Paducah Sun reported that defense attorney James Gibson, who represents 36-year-old Kevin Wayne Dunlap of Hopkinsville, filed notice Tuesday in Livingston Circuit Court that he plans to introduce testimony relating to a mental disease or defect when he faces trial in February.

Dunlap has pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder, one count of attempted murder, rape and other charges.

Police say a mother was raped by an assailant who killed her three children at their home in the Roaring Spring community near the Fort Campbell Army post in southern Kentucky in October 2008.

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