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Records detail gruesome attack

CADIZ — A Western Kentucky woman told police she pretended to be dead after she was raped and stabbed in an attack that left three of her children dead and her house in flames, according to a police affidavit unsealed in court Friday.

The 66 unsealed pages include search warrants and affidavits, giving a gruesome account of what happened during the attack at the family's home in the Roaring Spring community near Fort Campbell on Oct. 15.

Police have charged Kevin Wayne Dunlap, 36, of Hopkinsville with three counts of murder, kidnapping, rape, attempted murder, burglary and tampering with physical evidence.

Court documents say the woman told police a man carrying a black handgun and zip-ties approached her while she was doing yard work. She said her assailant was wearing a blue polo, jeans and white Reebok tennis shoes. The woman was forced inside and raped.

The mother told police she "pretended to play dead" in hopes the assailant would leave, court records say. A fire set in the home prompted her to run out the back door, where she fell into the pool.

Police have said the mother identified Jones as the attacker from a photo.

Dunlap's attorney, James Gibson, declined to comment on the court documents Friday but said Dunlap plans to plead not guilty. He remains in jail without bond.

The Associated Press has previously identified the mother, but is no longer naming her because authorities now say she was sexually assaulted. The AP generally does not identify people who allege sexual assault.

The unsealed records also detail dozens of items police took from Dunlap's home and truck, including a pair of Reebok tennis shoes with blood and ash on the sole, four DirectTV shirts, knives, guns and zip-ties.

The bodies of a 17-year-old girl, 14 year-old girl and 5-year-old boy were found in separate rooms of the victims' house. Police said they were bound with white zip-ties and gagged, and all had stab and slash wounds.

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