Man Accused Of Killing Young Girl Wants Trial Moved

Billy Frank Davis, Jr.

Billy Frank Davis, Jr.

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The attorney for the man accused of raping and killing an eight year old girl wants his trial moved out of Shawnee County.

Billy Frank Davis is charged with capital murder in the March death of Ahliyah Irvin.

Attorney Mark Manna wants statements Davis made to investigators withheld, saying they were not voluntary. Court documents show it's among 24 motions in all that Manna has filed. The change of venue request is another.

Other motions include requests Davis be allowed to appear in civilian clothing and without restraints, and that so-called gruesome photographs not be shown in the trial.

Manna also asks that he be allowed to question the cost effectiveness of the death penalty, while another motion deals with challenging prospective jurors based on their religious opposition to the death penalty.

Davis has a pre-trail hearing January 14. His jury trial is set to begin March 4th.


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