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Evidentiary Hearing Underway For Convicted Triple Murderer

Posted at 6:17 AM, Feb 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-19 07:46:02-05

WARREN COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– A Kentucky man, convicted in the murders of an Adair County family more than a decade ago, has been moved from death row to the Warren County Detention Center.

Bill Meece will be there while his case is heard in an evidentiary hearing.

That hearing will continue Tuesday in Warren County after starting last week. This is Meece’s effort to get his sentence vacated or overturned.

Meece is currently awaiting execution for murdering three people in 1993.

It was nearly a decade before anyone was arrested in connection to the deaths of Dr. Hoseph Wellnitz, his wife Beth, and their son Dennis.

Finally in 2003, Kentucky State Police arrested Beth Wellnitz’s daughter, Meg Appleton, and her then boyfriend Bill Meece.

Meece admitted to shooting and killing the three family members, but it was Appleton who planned it. She was reportedly hoping to inherit her family’s Adair County farm and hundreds of thousands of dollars.

She took her own life in prison in 2014 where she was serving a life sentence for complicity to commit murder.

This is not the first time Meece has appealed his conviction.

His case went to the Kentucky Supreme Court in 2011 and his death sentence was upheld.

The US Supreme Court was also asked to take up his case, but the high court declined.

Meece’s evidentiary hearing is expected to continue through Friday.