Shania Gray's Accused Rapist Says the Demons Made Him Kill Her (Right Before She Testified)

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Franklin Davis, the Irving man accused of murdering 16-year-old Shania Gray Thursday on the banks of the Trinity River, gave a series of jailhouse interviews to local media outlets to share his part of the story. Demons, he said. It was the demons.

"I didn't plan on hurting her," he told WFAA's David Schecter. "I was fighting demons. It was like a different person was in me."

The facts of the story are unsettling. Davis, 30, is charged with raping Shania, then 14, several times when she was a babysitter for his kids. She was scheduled to testify at his trial in October which, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Morning News, is why Davis wanted to talk to her.

Davis, knowing she wouldn't, created a fake Facebook account with the picture of a teenage boy. He began messaging Shania, telling her he knew her friends and had a crush on her, per the paper's front-pager on Sunday. He called her using a pre-paid cell phone and agreed to meet her Thursday at Hebron High School.

Shania was surprised to see him, according to the affidavit, but agreed to get into the car when he said he just wanted to talk about the rape case. During the drive to a trail head at Valley View Lane and 635, she saw a pistol in his car and asked Davis if he planned to hurt her. He said no, and they walked down the trail to the Trinity, where he shot her twice.

"Why, Wish?" she asked as she stumbled into the water, using his nickname. Davis then pulled her onto the bank and stepped on her neck until she stopped breathing, according to what he told police. Shania's body was found there two days later.

Davis was arrested on Saturday and allegedly confessed. He's being held in Dallas County on a capital murder charge. Bond is set at $2 million. Friends and family have set up a memorial Facebook page in memory of Shania.

Chloe Menager, whose 1-year-old son died on the same day, also said demons made her do it.

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cocoa2hot2handle
cocoa2hot2handle

I don't understand how he raped her four times. After the 1st rape, wouldn't she have quit babysitting his children. This is one sick case.

monstruss
monstruss

"I was fighting demons. It was like a different person was in me."

 

Well now he'll experience all kinds of different people inside of him in prison.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

Well Franklin, when the state of Texas executes you they will get that "demon" too. A win for the citizens and a win for you.....one less demon, right? Of course you could hang yourself and save the state a bunch of money. That would be the cool thing to do. 

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Can't we get Reverend Jeffress on this demon issue, seems should be his area of expertise 

YouOweMeNothing
YouOweMeNothing

Can't believe he's trying to get away with victimizing this same child twice. She was brave to be willing to testify against him in court. I don't believe demonic compulsion leads someone to create a fake Facebook profile, buy a disposable cell phone, and allegedly kill the victim of his previous crime just before the trial. The bodies of children are not community property and open to whatever exploitation another person wants to put them through, including the emotional manipulation of luring someone to a private location under false pretenses (maybe she would have been wiser not to go, but it's not right to blame the victim - the fault here is entirely on the accused for lying to her, then allegedly killing her). I hope the sentencing reflects this value. I hope he is never free to hurt another living creature again.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

Note to self Never go anywhere with someone I am about to testify against .

PepperoniCalzone
PepperoniCalzone

Obviously law enforcement needs to do something about the plague of demons in Dallas County that are making people kill people. Maybe aerial spraying would help?

tclark3779
tclark3779

He should definitely get the death penalty he went from rap to murder my heart goes out to the family of both parties.. they said she babysat for him but never mentioned a wife was he married?

monstruss
monstruss

 @Sotiredofitall Jeffress is not who I would call for this kind of thing, he's been fighting the gay demon for yeeeears.

YouOweMeNothing
YouOweMeNothing

 @oakclifftownie We all probably did stupid things we shouldn't have at age 16. But the onus of her death is still on this a-hole for the things he chose to do to her.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @tclark3779 I think he was already separated from his wife when she hired her to watch her/their kids.  He rolled in to check on his kids and that's how he met the baby sitter.  He faces three counts of rape if I heard and remember correctly.

oakclifftownie
oakclifftownie

 @YouOweMeNothing He is at fault but some adult in her life should have warned her.

BTW I kind of doubt things went as he said and For my own self A pistol would have a great influence on what I did next 

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

 @oakclifftownie   "He is at fault but some adult in her life should have warned her." -----------Yeah, that always works. 

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