Prosecutor Seeks Death Penalty In Child's Death

Billy Frank Davis, Jr.
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Shawnee County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a man accused of kidnapping, raping and killing an 8-year-old girl in Topeka, then hiding her body in a clothes dryer.

District Attorney Chad Taylor served a formal notice of his office's intentions to the defense attorney at Billy Davis' arraignment Tuesday morning.

Davis is charged with 10 counts, The charges include an alternative count of capital murder and first-degree murder.

Judge David Debenham read all ten 10 charges to the defendant, including capital murder, aggravated kidnapping and rape of a child. Davis responded "innocent" to the first count of capital murder, then said "not guilty." He continued to respond "not guilty" to all charges.

The jury trial is set to begin March 4. Davis waived his right to a speedy trial. Prosecutors said they estimated it to last two and half weeks; Judge Debenham set aside three weeks.

Ahliyah Irvin was taken from a friend's home, where she, her mother and six others were staying, in the early morning hours on March 13.

Her bruised and bloodied body was later found in the basement of another apartment in the same Highland Park complex, where Billy Davis was staying at the time.