3 charged in beating of 69-year-old Shawnee man

SHAWNEE, Kan. — Three people made their first appearances in Johnson County courtrooms on Friday. They were charged after they allegedly beat a 69-year-old Shawnee man.

Adam Hersh, 23, Whitney Hersh, 24 and Nicole Carter, 22, have been charged with attempted first-degree murder, according to court records.

The victim, Dennis Davey, remains in critical but stable condition at Overland Park Regional Hospital.

All members of the trio are set to appear in court again on July 3rd for hearings. They are currently held in jail on $500,000 bond.

Police were called out to a home in the area of Nieman and 55th Street at about 1 a.m. on Wednesday on a disturbance call, where someone was reported to be armed.

Davey was able to talk to officers before he was taken to the hospital.

“He’s superman, man. He took a beating like that. He came out, showed them punks, you didn’t beat me,” said Davey’s neighbor, Billy Kilgore.

“He’s almost 70 in a couple months and he’s the hero I mean, he showed them punks that you cant beat him.  You know, you beat me for all that time, you tied me up twice, you cant beat me,” Kilgore said.

One of the neighbors knew something was wrong just after midnight when he heard his dog barking.

“He heard the ruckus and saw the guy crawling out the backdoor bloody; all over blood and asked him what happened and saw the girl running, so he chased her and caught the girl,” said neighbor Jeannie Shaffer. That girl was Davey’s stepdaughter, police said.

“The boy had blood all over him, he had his shirt off and he was trying to wipe it off,” said, Billy Kilgore, the neighbor who helped apprehend one of the female suspects after she ran from the home.

Kilgore said the suspects ran from Davey’s home, across his driveway and said, “he’s trying to kill us with a knife,” as they ran by him.

But Kilgore says he then immediately heard Davey struggling to stand up and come outside.

“And then I heard Dennis across the street, Billy, Billy, you know, asking for help and I ran over there and he was just beat, unrecognizable, He said, they tried to kill me,” Kilgore told FOX 4.

Police later caught two other suspects, reportedly the stepdaughter’s boyfriend and friend, with the help of a police dog.

The stepdaughter no longer lives at the home because Davey’s wife had moved out. Neighbors say the two were getting a divorce.

Neighbors say they were told the three suspects beat him up and then waited for him to die.

“He’s an awesome guy… He didn’t deserve that. He didn’t deserve to be beat like that,” Kilgore said.

“Apparently there were drugs all over the place,” Shaffer said. “I guess they were sitting there partying while he was sitting on the floor bleeding.”

Why would anyone want to hurt Davey? Neighbors say they heard the suspects did it for insurance money.

“[It's] very sad that people would go to that extreme over money,” Shaffer said.
Wednesday evening, Davy was still in critical condition at Overland Park Regional Med Center.

“Dennis is a great guy and he’s going to be strong and he’s going to move on and this is going to be put in the past,” Kilgore said.

See Tess Koppelman’s earlier report:

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