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Indiana Woman Charged with Federal Hate Crime for Racially Motivated Attack Against a Woman of Chinese Descent

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Indiana

Indianapolis- A federal grand jury in Evansville, Indiana, returned a single-count indictment charging Billie Davis, 56, with committing a hate crime for her racially motivated attack on a woman of Chinese descent.

The indictment returned by a federal grand jury alleges that on Jan. 11, Davis willfully caused bodily injury to the victim and attempted to do so through the use of a knife, because of the victim’s race and national origin. The indictment also alleges that the offense included an attempt to kill the victim.

Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, Zachary A. Myers made the announcement. 

The FBI Indianapolis Field Office and Bloomington Resident Agency investigated the case, with assistance from the Bloomington Police Department. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter A. Blackett for the Southern District of Indiana and Trial Attorney Anita Channapati of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section are prosecuting the case.

An indictment is merely an allegation. All defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Updated April 21, 2023

Civil Rights
Hate Crimes