Jurors convict man of abducting, raping killing Kansas girl whose body was found in dryer


Billy Frank Davis Jr. speaks with Julia Spainhour, one of his three defense attorneys. Davis has been charged in the killing of an eight-year-old girl in March of 2012 where he allegedly strangled her and then placed her into a clothes dryer in the basement of an East Topeka apartment.   JANUARY 2014 FILE PHOTO/THE CAPITAL-JOURNALJurors have convicted a man of snatching an 8-year-old girl from a Topeka apartment, raping her, killing her and stashing her body in a dryer.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/1urg89r) reports that Shawnee County jurors found 31-year-old Billy Frank Davis Jr. guilty Thursday afternoon of 10 counts, including capital murder, in the March 2012 death of Ahliyah Nachelle Irvin. Her parents wept as the verdict was read.

Jurors will return Friday to hear more evidence before deciding whether to recommend whether Davis should receive the death penalty or life without parole.

Prosecutors said Davis killed the child to hide that he had sexually assaulted her. But the defense said Davis didn’t have the mental wherewithal to form the intent to kill the girl because he been drinking and using cocaine.


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