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US Supreme Court to decide in September whether to take case of former Fort Campbell soldier

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SMITHLAND, Kentucky — The U.S. Supreme Court will consider on Sept. 29 whether to take the case of a former Fort Campbell soldier sentenced to death for killing three children and attacking a woman in southwestern Kentucky.

The justices set 42-year-old Kevin Wayne Dunlap's appeal for its conference a week before the 2014-15 session of the court begins.

Dunlap, a former soldier with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment unit known as the "Night Stalkers," pleaded guilty in February 2010 to attacking a woman and her three children at their Trigg County home 16 months earlier. Dunlap killed the three children and repeatedly stabbed their mother before lighting the house on fire. He was sentenced to death and sought expedite his execution.

Dunlap and defense attorneys later reached an agreement allowing the appeal.

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