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Kentucky Woman Convicted In Family Slayings Found Dead

Kentucky Woman Convicted In Family Slayings Found Dead

CREATED Feb 13, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A southern Kentucky woman convicted and sentenced to life in prison for plotting the death of her family two decades ago has been found dead in her prison cell.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Lisa Lamb said employees at the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Pewee Valley found Meg Wellnitz Appleton at about 7 a.m. EST Wednesday. Lamb said the death is being investigated as a suicide.

Appleton pleaded guilty in 2005 to planning the deaths of her stepfather, Joseph Wellnitz; her mother, Beth; and her brother, Dennis, in their Adair County home in 1993. Prosecutors say she hatched the plot to collect a $550,000 inheritance after the slayings.

A co-defendant, William Harry Meece, is appealing his conviction and death sentence in the slayings.

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