Perp Reportedly Admits To Killing Teen To Prevent Her From Testifying Against Him

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shania gray dead, carollton texasA Texas man is being held on $2 million bond after he reportedly confessed to killing a teenage girl who was scheduled to testify against him during his upcoming trial, NBC 5 in Dallas-Fort Worth reports.

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Franklin Davis, 30, reportedly told cops that he killed 16-year-old Shania Gray, a student athlete at Hebron High School, on Thursday afternoon. The teen was supposed to testify against Davis in connection to a 2010 sexual assault case in which she alleges that he raped her. The alleged rape took place when Davis stopped by to visit the children Gray was babysitting.

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Davis was cuffed for the alleged rape in July of 2011; he posted bond the followng next month. Here is more on this tragic story:

According to an affidavit released Monday, Gray was reported missing Friday by her mother, Sherry James, after she never returned home from school. James told police she was supposed to pick up her daughter at about 4 p.m. Thursday but had been unable to find her. Gray, a recent transfer from Mesquite’s Horn High School, had only attended Hebron for two days.

According to Davis’ confession in the affidavit, he picked up Gray Thursday afternoon and drove her to the trail head at Champion Trail near Valley View Lane and Interstate 635.

Along the way, Davis told police Gray spotted a .380 pistol in his possession and asked if he was going to hurt her. He said he told the girl he only wanted to talk about the case. Once at the trail head, Davis told police he led Gray down the trail to the Trinity River where he shot her twice with the pistol. Davis told police as the teen partially fell into the Trinity River, clinging to life, she asked him, ‘Why?’ before he strangled her with his foot.

Grief counselors were at Horn High in Mesquite on Monday to help students deal with Gray’s death. One student said of Gray that “It’s just not fun without her here, because she made everyone laugh and was just so happy.”

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Horn High JV Girls Basketball Coach, Shelby Holland, said that she and Gray’s former teammates are focusing on the positives of the slain teen’s life rather than the tragic way it ended.

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“Focusing on a man like that, or the likes of a man like that is not how we want to remember her.  We want to spend our time talking about the hugs she was constantly giving out, the wonderful life she held for us while she was here,” says Holland.  “To see the kind of kid she was and that untapped potential for the kind of woman she would become, it’s just sad to sit here and think, ‘we’ll never know what kind of great young woman she’d become,’” Holland said.

Davis reportedly waived his rights after confessing to the girl’s murder. He eventually lead police to several locations to recover evidence from the crime. Cops also say there is no evidence suggesting that anyone else was involved in her death.

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