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State charges dropped against suspect accused of stabbing IU student on bus

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The suspect in the racially motivated stabbing of an 18- year-old IU student is no longer facing state charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery and battery by means of a deadly weapon, according to court documents.  

The suspect, Bloomington resident Billie Davis, is still facing a federal hate crime charge after she was indicted by a grand jury in April. That charge carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.  

Davis has pleaded not guilty in the federal case, according to documents from the U.S. District Court in Evansville. Her trial is set for June 26 in Indianapolis.  

Related: [Resources available for Asian American and Pacific Islander students, community members]

Davis allegedly stabbed an Asian IU student multiple times on the top of her head using a pocketknife on Bloomington Transit bus 1777 on Jan. 11, according to a probable cause affidavit. Davis allegedly admitted to targeting the student because of her Asian heritage.  

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