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KS High Court Upholds Capital Murder Conviction:  In a unanimous decision announced last Friday, the Kansas Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a man found guilty of the rape and murder of an 8-year-old girl.  Justin Wingerter of the Topeka Capital Journal reports that on March 20, 2012, Billy Davis Jr. kidnapped the child from a sleepover at a friend's house, took her to the basement of his house, and then brutally raped, beat, and choked her to death.  Police later found the little girl's body in the basement stuffed in a dryer.  After his arrest, Davis admitted kidnapping and raping the girl but said he never intended to kill her.  He also admitted to burglarizing several apartments that night.  After Davis was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to LWOP, he appealed, arguing that he was too drunk and high on cocaine to have premeditated the murder.  The court rejected that claim.  

Typical Weekday in ChiTown--8 Shootings:  Four teenage boys were shot between 9:20 p.m. Wednesday night and 1:15 a.m. Thursday morning in Chicago, leaving one dead.  The Chicago Tribune reports that there were six other shootings Wednesday in the city's urban neighborhoods, but none of the victims have died so far.  The fatality was a 16-year-old boy shot in the head around 9:20 p.m. Wednesday on the city's South Side.
 

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