Court documents: Milan man struck woman on the head multiple times with blunt object

Woman suffered extensive brain injuries
Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 8:59 AM CDT
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MILAN, Ill. (KWQC) - A Milan man is behind bars after court documents allege that he struck a woman on the head multiple times with a blunt object.

Ward F. Davis, 39, faces multiple charges, including the initial charge of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, in Rock Island County Circuit Court.

Additional charges were added, Sept. 24, 2021, after the victim was pronounced dead.

Davis is charged with first degree murder and aggravated arson.

Online court records show he made an initial appearance on the charge Saturday. Bond was set at $250,000.

He has a preliminary hearing Oct. 5, according to court records.

According to a criminal complaint, Davis forcefully struck a woman - identified in court documents as Julie Bowser Shell - on the head multiple times with a blunt force object, causing extensive brain injuries.

In a media release sent Monday afternoon, Milan police said they responded just after 11 a.m. Friday to the 700 block of Hillcrest Road for a woman lying in the roadway. She reportedly had been hit in the head.

A caller also reported a gas can on fire in the laundry room of Pine View Apartments, according to the release.

Officers found the woman, who had apparent head injuries and was bleeding. The suspect, later identified as Davis, was gone, according to the release.

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