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Olathe man admits killing girlfriend, infant daughter

  • The Kansas City Star
  • Published Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at 6:05 p.m.
  • Updated Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, at 6:50 p.m.


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An Olathe man admitted Friday that he killed his girlfriend and their 4-month-old daughter in 2011.

Adam C. Davis, 32, pleaded guilty in Johnson County District Court to two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of 24-year-old Amber Searles and their daughter, Kyra Searles-Davis.

Their bodies were discovered Sept. 16, 2011, in their home in the 1000 block of East Huntington Circle.

Kyra’s body was found inside a metal dog cage. She appeared to have been suffocated, according to testimony at a preliminary hearing last June.

Searles was found in the living room. A doctor who testified at the preliminary hearing said Searles was struck on the head with a blunt object and was strangled with some type of ligature.

Olathe police officers testified that when they arrived at the home to investigate a disturbance, Davis met them at the door holding a gun in his hand and yelling that his neighbor had killed his girlfriend.

Sentencing for Davis is scheduled for April 19.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed not to seek consecutive sentences of life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years.

Defense attorney Zane Todd said the plea agreement calls for recommended sentences of life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years.

To reach Tony Rizzo, call 816-234-4435 or send email to trizzo@kcstar.com.

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