A prosecutor is requesting a higher bond for a Wichita woman charged with murder in the decapitation of her ex-boyfriend’s mother.
Rachael Hilyard is scheduled to be in court Friday seeking a lower bond. Earlier this month, her attorney filed a motion in Sedgwick County District Court to reduce her bond, saying that Hilyard contends the bond is excessive. Her bonds total about $226,000; $200,000 of that is for the first-degree murder charge in the killing of 63-year-old Micki Davis.
In a motion filed Thursday, Assistant District Attorney Monika Hoyt argued that Hilyard’s bond should be increased to $500,000; $400,000 of that would be for the murder charge.
The prosecutor’s motion says: “Information regarding statements attributed to the defendant has been gleaned from the media; in these statements it is clear the defendant poses a significant risk to public safety to the community. The significance of this risk was not necessarily available to the Court at the time the bond was originally set.”
It asks that the judge “reconsider and increase the bond amounts and conditions of bond accordingly.”
Hilyard has ties to Washington state, and that, combined with allegations surrounding her, raises the risk that she will flee, the prosecutor argued.
Hilyard’s case drew extra attention earlier this month after she said in a jailhouse interview with The Eagle that she had sought an exorcism for “evil spirits” in her house just a few days before the April 9 killing.
Police said Hilyard called Davis to her house on West Rita that Sunday afternoon to get property belonging to one of Davis’ sons. The son is Hilyard’s ex-boyfriend.
When Davis arrived with her 9-year-old grandson and went into the garage, Hilyard attacked her, including with a knife, as the boy fled and called 911, police said. Officers found Davis’ body in the garage, her severed head in the kitchen sink.
They found Hilyard, with blood on her, in the bathroom.
Hilyard has a history of drug convictions. Acquaintances have said that she seemed to have mental-health issues at times.