Insanity Defense Unlikely in Bizarre Kansas Murder

A Wichita, KS resident charged with first degree murder following a bizarre April 9 homicide insists that God was responsible for her actions.   According to Wichita Police, Hilyard contacted 63-year-old Micki Davis and told her to come pick up property belonging to Davis' son with whom she had been in a previous relationship.  When Davis came to the house accompanied by her 9-year-old grandson, Hilyard attacked her with a knife in her garage.  Though the boy managed to escape unharmed and contacted 911, police arrived on the scene to find that Micki Davis had been decapitated.  Her head was later found in Hilyard's kitchen sink.

In a subsequent interview with local media, Hilyard stated simply that "I feel horrible about this"  but refused to answer most questions relating to the killing or her motive aside from placing the blame on God.   She also insisted that she had arranged for an exorcism to be conducted on her home just days before the killing, allegedly due to "evil spirits" she believed to be invading her home.    Pastor Terry Fox of Wichita's Summit Church confirmed that Hilyard had contacted him prior to the killing for a possible exorcism.  

Fox, whose church website also describes his church's service of paranormal investigation to“investigate and research” occurrences without scientific explanation, stated that he had only started working with Hilyard for a few days prior to her arrest.  "If we would have had an opportunity to get to her, I believe we could [have helped]", he told local media.  "I think if we would have had more time, perhaps we could have made a difference. It broke our hearts.”   He went on to say that he didn't have the opportunity to determine if Hilyard was "mental or demonic."

Hilyard had reportedly become convinced that her house had been possessed by evil spirits.   To support her claim, she posted a picture on Instagram showing smoke under a ceiling fan in her house which reportedly resembled the Grim Reaper.   She also  wrote a series of bizarre posts placed on Facebook just days before the killing.   One of these posts read, "Well my Psychopathic Serial Killers for beginners in training class is over for the day …. ‘whew’ now for homework time or what kids?”   Another posted that same day said, "“Please dont let them cut my head off … anymore."   Eight days before the decapitation, she wrote "Well this is how it feels to be insane. & i must say that i don’t like it.”

She was also reporting financial problems since her disability pension was cut off last September due to a clerical issue.   The disability stems from a  2003 automobile accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury and visible scarring though she denied that her medical history had anything to do with her actions.   She also has a history of petty offenses including drug and traffic violations.   Hilyard is currently being held on a $226,000 bond.

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