Petitions Available to Deny Clemency & Parole for the Murderer of Trooper Layton Davis


Published on August 20 2021 8:46 am
Last Updated on August 20 2021 2:06 pm
Written by Matt Robinson

Layton Davis 2020

Petitions to deny executive clemency and parole for the killer of Illinois State Trooper Layton Davis are available for the public to sign.

On March 18, 1976, Trooper Davis conducted a traffic stop on Aaron Hyche and his accomplice on Interstate 57 north of Effingham. Unaware that he had stopped two violent fugitives from Chicago, Trooper Davis was fatally shot.

A witness stopped on scene to render assistance to Trooper Davis and was shot as well. Hyche and his accomplice fled the scene to a rural Effingham area where their car became disabled. A female college student stopped to offer assistance and the pair kidnapped her and carjacked her vehicle. They forced her to stay in the back seat until law enforcement stopped the fleeing vehicle in the Olney area.

The Petition states: This August 26, 2021, The Aaron Hyche Case Number C68880 will be presented to the Illinois Department of Corrections Prison Review Board. We the citizens of the State of Illinois petition the Honorable J.B. Pritzker, Governor of Illinois, and the Illinois Prisoner Review Board as follows:
---First, that the Governor deny executive clemency to Aaron Hyche for the murder of State Trooper Layton Davis.
---Second, that the Prisoner Review Board deny parole to Aaron Hyche for the murder of State Trooper Layton Davis.

Petition forms are located in the lobbies of the Effingham County Sheriff's Office, Effingham City Police Department, Fayette County Courthouse, Richland County Sheriff's Office, Marion County Sheriff's Office, and the Jasper County Courthouse.

Petitions need to be signed and returned by Monday, August 23, 2021.