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Man charged in children's deaths was former neighbor

ROARING SPRING — A man accused of killing three siblings in southwest Kentucky once lived near the teenage girls and their brother, state police said Tuesday.

Kevin Wayne Dunlap, 36, of Hopkinsville once lived "down the road" from the home in Trigg County near Fort Campbell where the three were slain last week, Trooper Dean Patterson said. It is possible "that they at least knew each other," said Patterson, who declined to elaborate.

The statement came a day after Dunlap's initial court appearance by video from jail in neighboring Christian County, where he remains without bond. He was represented by a public defender and did not enter a plea to three counts of capital murder and other charges in the slayings of Kayla Williams, 17, Kortney Frensley, 14, and Ethan Frensley, 5.

The three were found dead at a burning house in Roaring Spring last week. Their mother, Kristy Frensley, was wounded but survived. Dunlap was arrested Saturday, three days after the fire.

Dunlap also faces charges of kidnapping, rape, attempted murder, burglary and tampering with physical evidence. Police have not said who they think was raped. A coroner's statement said the older girl died from a cut to the neck and the younger children died of multiple stab wounds.

Dunlap's public defender James Gibson said Tuesday he had no comment on the case. A preliminary hearing was set for Friday morning.

One of Dunlap's former addresses is six houses down from Frensley's on a rural road with a row of homes on one side. The burned remains of Frensley's home is clearly visible from the back yard of the tiny house with brown siding where Dunlap lived.

A few bouquets of flowers and a stuffed teddy bear lined the road near the mailbox in front of Frensley's house on Tuesday.