WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – A jury has found a Wichita woman guilty in the decapitation of her ex-boyfriend’s mother.

Rachael Hilyard was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Micki Davis.

“We are very happy with the verdict,” said Jeremy Rush, son of Davis. “This is exactly what we wanted. Like I said, just to get her off the street so this doesn’t happen to anyone else.”

Thursday morning closing arguments took place in the case and the jurors began deliberating shortly after that. They reached a verdict by 2:30 p.m.

Investigators say Davis went to get some of her son’s belongings from Hilyard’s home. While there, Hilyard says she got into an argument with Davis over a painting.

On Wednesday, Hilyard took the stand to testify. She told jurors that she didn’t remember how the two got into the garage, which is where police later found Davis’ body. Hilyard said she didn’t remember how the fight ended.

“Just sitting in the same room with her has been very rough,” said Rush.

When Hilyard’s attorney asked her if she did cut the woman’s head off, Hilyard said yes and explained, “Because I didn’t have much time and her soul needed to get out so she could go to heaven, her soul needed to get out.”

“Did Rachel kill Ms. Davis?” asked Quentin Pittman, defense attorney. “Of course she did. Yes. But, there’s no premeditation.”

Hilyard’s trial began on Monday with jury selection and wrapped after two days of testimony.

“My mom, she laid the foundation for us to be able to keep continuing,” said Rush.

Her sentencing is scheduled for March 27.

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