Wichita woman jailed in decapitation of ex-boyfriend's mother

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Family of 63-year-old Micki Davis have many questions for the woman accused of killing her Sunday afternoon.

"Why a good person? Why somebody like Micki who was loved by everybody? Micki had no enemies," relative Gene Gardner said. "Why did this have to happen to her?"

Police said Davis, along with her 9-year-old grandson, went to a home in the 1400 block of West Rita before 1:30 p.m. The pair drove to the house to pick up items belonging to Davis' son who previously dated the suspect. 

A short time later, the 35-year-old suspect allegedly began assaulting Davis. The grandson was able to run away with his grandmother's cell phone and call for help. When police arrived, the boy directed them to the house.

Officers were unable to get anyone to answer the door and were then informed that the crime was happening in the garage. 

"Upon entering the garage, the officers located the female victim's decapitated body," Lt. Ojile said.

"Today I learned the more gruesome details of her murder," said Casey Wallace, the victim's nephew. "It surprised me. I'm just glad that little boy didn't see all that."

Police eventually found 35-year-old Rachael Hilyard hiding inside her home. She was arrested and booked into the Sedgwick County Jail Sunday evening for first degree murder. Now Davis' relatives hope for justice.

"She's going to be incarcerated for the rest of her days. I hope she just sits in that jail and thinks about that. Hope it eats her alive," Wallace said. "And I hope Micki's at peace."

The case will be presented to the district attorney's office Tuesday or Wednesday. 

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Hilyard spent time on Community Corrections in Sedgwick County from September 2013 through May 2015 for convictions on four counts of drug possession. 

Sunday's homicide is Wichita's ninth of 2017. The city's tenth homicide of the year occurred just hours later. 

Further investigation shows that Davis' son, Hilyard's ex-boyfriend, is Jacob Gillespie III. He is being held in the Sedgwick County Jail following a police chase and crash late last month. 

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