Rep. Wilhour: Cop Killers Should Not Be Released

Effingham State’s Attorney Bryan Kibler, Representative Darren Bailey (109th District), Representative Blaine Wilhour (107th District), and the family of Illinois State Police Officer Layton Davis will hold a press conference Monday to speak against parole and clemency for convicted killers James E. Taylor and Aaron Hyche.

Press conference time and location
August 10, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum

100 E Jefferson Ave., Effingham, IL

Background: On March 18, 1976, State Trooper Layton Davis was shot and killed during a traffic stop on Interstate-57, near Effingham.

Unbeknownst to Trooper Davis, the vehicle contained two escaped convicts.  During the stop, one of the escapees slipped a revolver into his waistband.  As Trooper Davis frisked him, he spotted the revolver and a struggle ensued.  The second escapee ran up and held Trooper Davis down as the first man shot him.  Both escapees were later apprehended and sentenced to 100+ years in prison.  50 year old Trooper Davis was a 19 year veteran of the Illinois State Police, and left behind a wife and three children. He was also a veteran of WWII.

For additional information please contact Jose Durbin at 618-499-5247.