Shawnee County panel OKs $150K to pay prosecution

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Officials in a northeastern Kansas county have made additional money available to help finance the prosecution of three capital murder cases.

District attorney Chad Taylor told the Shawnee County Commission in a recent memo that prosecution of the capital cases was stretching his office’s resources, The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) reported.

He said the capital murder cases would require “many hours” of overtime work for his office’s support staff. He asked for the $150,000 in county contingency funds. Commissioners budgeted $500,000 for that purpose this year.

Taylor wasn’t at the commission’s Monday meeting. County financial administrator Betty Greiner appeared on his behalf. She said Taylor was busy working on one of the capital murder cases

Greiner told commissioners that the situation was unforeseen, “which is what our contingency money is for.”

The panel voted 3-0 to approve the extra funds. Greiner said that as of Monday, the county had $494,281 in its contingency fund.

Taylor’s office is pursuing the death penalty in each of the three capital murder cases. The trial will start Tuesday for Billy Frank Davis Jr., who is accused in the March 2012 killing of 8-year-old Ahliyah Nachelle Irvin.

Authorities say her body was found in a clothes dryer. Police say Davis allegedly told detectives that he kidnapped and choked the girl during a flashback to his military service in Iraq.



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