TOPEKA, Kansas (AP) – Jurors have convicted a man of snatching an 8-year-old girl from a Topeka apartment, raping her, killing her and stashing her body in a dryer.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that Shawnee County jurors found 31-year-old Billy Frank Davis Junior guilty Thursday afternoon of 10 counts, including capital murder, in the March 2012 death of Ahliyah Irvin. Her parents wept as the verdict was read.
Jurors will return Friday to hear more evidence before deciding whether to recommend whether Davis should receive the death penalty or life without parole.
Prosecutors said Davis killed the child to hide that he had sexually assaulted her. But the defense said Davis didn’t have the mental wherewithal to form the intent to kill the girl because he been drinking and using cocaine.