TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Shawnee County District Attorney's office is asking for a court hearing on the admissibility of statements the suspect in a child murder case made to investigators.
Billy Frank Davis is charged in the kidnap, rape and murder of 8-year-old Ahliyah Irvin on March 10, 2012. Police say she was taken from her apartment, to a nearby apartment where she was raped, killed and stuffed in a clothes dryer.
Davis has pleaded not guilty to 10 charges in the case.
Last week, the DA's office requested what is known as a Jackson v. Denno hearing. Such a hearing is held when a defendant claims his statements should be inadmissible because they were not given voluntarily.
Shawnee County District Court Judge David Debenham has not yet set a date to hear the motion. It's among six motions already filed in the case. Davis' attorneys have filed requests he be able to appear in civilian clothing and without restraints at future proceedings.
Davis' trial is currently set for March 4, 2013.