A man accused of murdering a North Texas teen girl used a fake Facebook profile to gain her trust, then picked her up from school and shot her and choked her to death, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.
Police say 30-year-old Franklin Davis killed 16-year-old Shania Gray on Thursday because she was going to testify against him in a rape trial. He admitted to the crime and showed police where the body was, according to Carrollton PD.
Gray's body was discovered in a park alongside the Trinity River on Saturday.
Davis was accused of sexually assaulting Gray back in March 2010, when the teen babysat Davis' two children.
"His trial is coming up, and basically he did not want her to testify against him," said Gray family friend Nina Adams.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Davis contacted Gray on a social media site while pretending to be someone else. He used her trust to gain information about what she planned to say during the trial.
The warrant says he used a pre-paid cell phone to contact Gray, and made arrangements to pick her up after school on Thursday. "...Gray was surprised to see him," the warrant states. "Gray got into Davis' car after he told her that he wanted to talk to her about the March of 2010 criminal case."
Instead of just talking, Davis told police he drove the girl to a park trail beside the Trinity River in Irving, then shot her twice.
"Davis stated that Gray fell partially into the river and began asking, 'Why, Wish?', a nicknamed that Davis admitted to using," the affidavit says. "Davis then reached down and pulled Gray up onto the bank. Davis stated that he then stepped on her neck until she stopped breathing."
Davis told police where to find the body. Nearby, they discovered the .380 pistol that Davis admitted to using.
Gray was a track and field athlete who competed three times in the Junior Olympics. She transferred from Mesquite to Hebron High School this fall.
Hebron's principal issued a news release to parents and students.
"Based upon the most recent facts, the police department has shared that this situation was not an abduction," wrote Principal Scot Finch. "We encourage you to talk with your student this evening about this situation as well as getting into cars with acquaintances or friends."
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