On Saturday, Shania Gray’s body was found in a secluded area near the Trinity River. She had been missing since Thursday after last being seen at Hebron High School in Carrollton. When trying to figure out who would want the teen dead, police wouldn’t have to look far.
Gray was set to testify against 30-year-old Franklin “Wish” Davis, a man for whom she used to babysit, and a man she had accused of raping her. Gray’s family stated that after asking the teen why she refused to babysit Davis’ two children any longer, Gray confided that he had raped her. They went to police and in July 2011 ,Davis was charged with four counts of sexual assault of a child.
But Davis says he is innocent and set out to prove the teen was lying. He created a fake Facebook profile, pretending to be a teenage boy who had a crush on Gray, that he used to gain Gray’s trust and find out what she planned to say in court. He then used a pre-paid cell phone to arrange a meeting with Gray after school last Thursday.
He told police that Gray was surprised when she saw him, but got in his car anyway when he said he just wanted to talk about the case against him. He says she noticed the pistol he was carrying and asked if he was going to hurt her. He told her no, and has since told reporters that he meant that.
“I needed to [do] some kind of footwork myself,” Davis told WFAA from jail. “I needed to get some kind of evidence, some kind of proof myself to show I did not have sex with her and that she’s lying. But I told her I wasn’t going to hurt her because I didn’t plan on hurting her. Those weren’t my intentions.”
But after driving to the Campion Trail, his plans changed. After getting her out of the car and leading her to the river’s edge, Davis shot her twice. After falling partially into the river, Gray reportedly asked “Why Wish?” before Davis dragged her out of the water and stood on her neck until she stopped breathing.
Police would lock on to Davis pretty quickly and on Saturday, Davis would admit to everything. He was charged with capitol murder and is being held in the Dallas Count jail on $2 million bond.Tags: Crime, Franklin Davis, Murder, Rape, Shania Gray, Texas