Topeka woman lunges at man during his murder trial

TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – A woman has lunged at a man charged with kidnapping, raping and killing an 8-year-old girl during his capital murder trial.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that several police officers caught the woman before she made contact with Billy Frank Davis Jr. He is accused of kidnapping Ahliyah Irvin in March 2012 while she slept in her Topeka apartment, where Davis was a neighbor.

The altercation happened as Davis was being escorted from the courtroom at the start of the afternoon break. Earlier in the day the dryer in which the girl was found was wheeled into the courtroom. Jurors also saw a photo of the victim’s body.

Police have said Davis told detectives that he kidnapped and choked the girl during a flashback to his military service in Iraq.

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