Best friend in shock after Hilyard arrested in Sunday homicide

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) According to police, a Wichita woman decapitated her ex-boyfriend's mother. Police arrested 35-year-old Rachael Hilyard for the murder of 63-year-old Micki Davis.

Davis' family said she and her nine-year-old grandson went to a home to get stuff belonging to Davis' son. Wichita police said the boy called 911 to report his grandmother was being attacked. When officers arrived at the scene, they found Davis decapitated. Hilyard's best friend, Terryn Hemken, said she is still in shock.

"I couldn't believe it," said Hemken. "That's not Rachael...something with her has been off for several, several months now, and it hasn't been right."

Hemken said Hilyard has been her best friend for seven years.

"We did everything," said Hemken. "We took the kids out to parks and everything else. She's a really, really great person."

Hemken looked back at pictures reminding her of the memories they shared with their families. Over the past couple years, Hemken said something has been off with Hilyard.

"I want people to know that this isn't her," said Hemken. "There's something, something not right. Rachael was a very big drug addict, and I wanted so much to help Rachael, I mean it's been several years now, and it's at point to where there's only so much you can do for a person who is a drug addict."

For months, Hemken said Hilyard has been sending her what she calls "off the wall" messages.

"I don't know if it was hallucination or what because she thought a black widow crawled in her body," said Hemken.

Hemken said she never thought her friend was violent.

"Sometimes I think if I would have pushed, then the circumstances would be a lot different," said Hemken.

Hemken said her heart is breaking for her friend but also for the victim, Micki Davis, and her family.

"Even though I love her so much, I don't think she should get off," said Hemken. "I think she should be charged."

Hilyard is being held in The Sedgwick County Jail on 200-thousand dollars bond.