Billy Davis ; In connection with the terrifying incident that happened on a city bus in Bloomington on January 11, Billie Davis, 56, was previously detained on state counts of attempted murder and aggravated battery.
According to court documents, Davis allegedly admitted to targeting the 18-year-old victim because of her race and claiming that she “would be one less person to blow up our country.”
Despite having seven knife cuts to the top of her skull, the college student, who is of Chinese origin, lived.
In an official statement released by the Justice Department on Thursday, it was revealed that a federal grand jury in Evansville had returned a single-count indictment accusing Davis of committing a hate crime during an alleged “racially motivated attack.”
Billie Davis charged with federal hate crime
According to the accusation, Davis lunged at the college student with a knife, injured her due to her race and national origin, and also tried to kill her.
Unidentified juvenile victim informed police that she was waiting to get off the bus on January 11 at 4:45 p.m. when a total stranger she had never met before stabbed her with a folding knife.
Police stated that the attack looked to be random based on bus security footage.
Davis was apprehended after a witness who was riding the bus kept up with her and called the police. She was arrested and sent to the Monroe County Jail, where she was captured in a mugshot grinning.
The trial for Davis, who pled not guilty to the state’s allegations, is scheduled to start on June 20.
Kyle Dugger, the woman’s lawyer, insisted that his client suffers from a mental illness. He announced his plan to pursue an insanity defense for her in a motion he filed in January.
With the federal indictment, Dugger told the Associated Press on Friday that he expects the state charges to be withdrawn and Davis to be taken into federal prison.
“Ms. Davis has a long, documented history of severe mental illness,” he continued. “Up until and including the day of the alleged attack, she was seeking help managing her condition.”
The attorney said that Davis was “unaware of why she was incarcerated” when she admitted to the police that her motive was racial, and he claimed that his client hallucinated for several days in jail.
“Neighbors, family, and friends of Ms. Davis do not describe her as having any known racist attitudes or history,” he stated. “They don’t remember her having racist opinions or using hate speech,”