- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - A jury on Monday viewed 30 photos of a slain 8-year-old Topeka girl and the blood-smeared basement where her body was found inside a clothes dryer as a prosecutor argued that her killer deserved to be executed.

Billy Frank Davis Jr., 31, took Ahliyah Nachelle Irvin’s life in less than 10 minutes, chief deputy district attorney Jacqie Spradling said during closing arguments in the penalty phase of Davis’ capital murder trial. The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/1zoTOTm ) reported Davis was convicted last week of 10 counts in Ahliyah’s abduction, rape and killing.

The girl disappeared from a Topeka apartment in March 2012. Ahliyah’s aunt buried her head in her hands, plugging her ears with her fingers, as the prosecution made its case for the death penalty.

“Did the defendant kill the victim in a heinous, atrocious and cruel manner?” Spradling asked. “Of course.”

The defense argued Davis should serve life in prison, saying the sentence would ensure he died behind bars and that the public was protected.

Clinical psychologist June Cooley of Atlanta testified earlier Monday for the defense that Davis has bipolar disorder with psychotic features and post-traumatic stress disorder. Cooley said Davis’ symptoms worsened when he stopped taking his prescription medication and began drinking alcohol and using cocaine.

Another defense witness, clinical child psychologist Yo Jackson, had testified that Davis’ mother suffered physical abuse and that Davis had battered his own girlfriends. Davis also said he wanted to kill people and was hospitalized for his homicidal thoughts, testified Jackson, a professor at the University of Kansas.

Jurors must vote unanimously to impose the death penalty. Kansas has not carried out an execution since reinstating the death penalty in 1994.


Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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