Franklin Davis, Accused of Raping and Murdering a Carrollton Teen, Took Police on a Wild Ride Last Night

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Police surround the van in which murder suspect Franklin Davis barricaded himself last night.
On the afternoon of September 6, Franklin Davis drove away from Hebron High School with Shania Gray, a 16-year-old student there. Davis, 30, had arranged the meeting using a fake Facebook profile featuring a picture of a teenage boy. Otherwise, Gray might not have agreed to meet.

Davis is accused of raping Gray back when she was 14 and a babysitter for his kids. She was scheduled to testify against him at his October trial. But on that Thursday afternoon in early September, she agreed, reluctantly, to get into his car. Two days later, police found Gray's body, pierced by two bullets, floating in a Trinity River inlet.

In jailhouse interviews, Davis confessed to the murder and expressed bewilderment at his actions. He blamed demons.

Those demons must have been back in control on Tuesday night when Davis overpowered a Dallas County Sheriff's deputy, stole the deputy's gun, and fled on foot from Parkland Hospital, where he had been taken after complaining of chest pains.

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He was on the lam for two-and-a-half hours. According to WFAA, Davis ran from the hospital at about 8:15 p.m. He was next spotted nearly an hour-and-a-half later inside a van parked in a lot at Harry Hines Boulevard off Oak Lawn Avenue, about a mile from Parkland.

Davis stayed in the van as law enforcement officers and a DPD SWAT team surrounded the vehicle. He surrendered about an hour later, leaving the gun behind in the van. Still complaining of chest pains, he was taken back to Parkland.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Carmen Castro said Davis will face additional charges relating to the escape, which makes the job of Philip Hayes, Davis' defense attorney, just that much harder. He was clearly bewildered when the Morning News caught up with him last night.

"He's certainly taking a bad situation and right now making it worse," Hayes said. "I don't know if it's just fear or if there's more to it."

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6 comments
DowntownResident
DowntownResident

SWAT team should have just shot the piece of shit and saved everybody a lot of time and money. 

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I don't understand how the cops became so lax around this nut that he would be able to pull off the escape.

CraigT42
CraigT42

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz  

You are just unbelievable.  A police officer uses force and you scream your head off about how all cops are evil murdering bastards.  Then when something happens and they weren't forceful enough you blame them as well. What is life like on your planet?

DOCensors
DOCensors

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Probably people like you who scream bloody murder about the "cops being out of control" if they so much as look at someone like this wrong.

You won't be satisfied no matter what they do.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@CraigT42 Poor Craig.  As it turns out, there was only one officer watching the man, and he removed his handcuffs and shackles because he wanted to take a shower.  The cop was incompetent and should be fired immediately as well as his supervisor for only putting one officer on duty.

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