TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld a life sentence for a man who murdered a 8 year old girl in 2012.
Billy Frank Davis kidnapped Ah’lihah Irvin from an apartment, raped, killed her and stuffed her body in a clothes dryer.
Davis was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole in his 2015 trial, being convicted of capital murder, kidnapping, and aggravated rape.
Davis appealed the conviction saying there was insufficient evidence of premeditation and argued the judge’s decision to allow the jury to hear comments he made to Topeka Police. In those comments, Davis told officers he didn’t mean to kill Ah’liyah and didn’t Know she was dead until detectives told him.
The Supreme Court agreed that the prosecutor had made errors in closing arguments but called the mistakes harmless and not
Enough to get his sentenced reversed.
The court dropped the rape charge because rape is an element of the capital murder conviction.
Davis is currently serving his life sentence at El Dorado Correctional Facility.