A Shawnee woman is accused of attempting to kill her husband who was nearly beaten to death earlier this summer.
The Johnson County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday that Denise Daleen Davey was charged with attempted first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit first-degree murder. She was taken into custody Monday, and she is being held on a $1 million bond.
Dennis W. Davey, 69, managed to get help from a neighbor after he was badly beaten on June 26. Police said Dennis Davey's 22-year-old stepdaughter, Nicole Rose Carter of Shawnee, her 23-year-old friend, Adam Ryan Hersh, and his 24-year-old sister, Whitney Terrice Hersh, beat him inside his Shawnee home. Dennis Davey has blunt-force head trauma and was in intensive care.
Dennis Davey has made significant improvements but will have long-term physical obstacles to overcome, his attorney said.
On July 23, Dennis Davey filed for divorce from his wife, Denise Davey. Dennis Davey has also moved out of the home where he was beaten.
"He's doing really well. He's just trying to put everything together and get on with his life," said Billy Kilgore, who came to his neighbor's aid in the early morning hours of June. "He still gets his headaches and has vision problems, and I think he's still got a couple of surgeries to go through."
When Kilgore's barking dogs woke him up, he heard Dennis Davey's cries for help. Blood was streaming down his head.
"He was unrecognizable. I knew him because of his voice," Kilgore said. "I didn't think he would recover as fast as he did."
Kilgore said he chased down Denise Davey's daughter. He said his dog helped take down Adam Hersh. And he said Denise Davey wasn't home because she claimed to be visiting her mother in Pleasant Hill, but Kilgore said she got to the hospital less than 15 minutes after his call.
Before the attack, Dennis Davey had $10,000 as well as all of his jewelry come up missing, Kilgore said.
His friend had his suspicions, Kilgore said. And Kilgore provided an alleged motive. He said his friend was cutting his wife out financially and threatening to divorce her, and he claims the attack occurred before all of those changes were made.
While the Johnson County District Attorney's Office declined to discuss the specific charges, the conspiracy charge would indicate that they agree with Kilgore when he maintains Denise Davey played a key role in the beating occurring.
"You ever had a gut instinct about something?" Kilgore asked.
And now his friend is focused on his recovery and the judicial process. Kilgore said Dennis Davey is devastated that those close to him are accused of a vicious attack against him.
"It's just a bad thing that happened to him. And he just wants to get it over with," Kilgore said.
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