Irving man confessed to grisly killing of Carrollton student, arrest affidavit states

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An Irving man accused of killing a Carrollton high school student lured her away from school on a premise that he wanted to talk about a 2010 sexual assault case, then shot her and stepped on her neck until she stopped breathing, an arrest warrant affidavit released Monday states.

Franklin Davis, 30, acknowledged killing Shania Gray, 16, shortly after he picked her up from Hebron High School on Thursday afternoon, the affidavit states. Her body was found near the Trinity River in Irving.

Davis was initially arrested on an unrelated traffic warrant, but now faces a capital murder charge. He was being held in the Carrollton Jail on Monday with bail set at $2 million.

In March 2010, Gray told Mesquite police that she was the victim of a sexual assault. Gray and her family were living in Mesquite at the time.

Davis was arrested in July 2011 and charged with four counts of sexual assault, according to the affidavit and Dallas County criminal court records. He was released from jail in August 2011.

Gray had been a baby sitter for the Davis family, television stations reported.

In a jailhouse interview with WFAA/Channel 8, Davis said he wanted Gray to recant the sexual-assault allegations.

Gray's mother, Sherry James, reported her missing Friday after she failed to return home. James had gone to the school Thursday afternoon to pick up her daughter, but couldn't find her, the affidavit states.

Carrollton police discovered that Davis and Gray had been in contact through their cellphones.

Davis told Carrollton police that he had contacted Gray through a social media site, pretending to be someone else, the affidavit states. He said he had gained her confidence so he could collect evidence about the criminal offense that she had reported in March 2010.

On Thursday, Davis told Carrollton police that, using a pre-paid cellphone, he contacted Gray and arranged to meet her at Hebron High.

"Davis stated that when he arrived at the high school, Gray was surprised to see him," the affidavit states. "Gray got into Davis' car after he told her that he wanted to talk to her about the March of 2010 criminal case."

During the drive to Campion Trails Park along the Trinity River, Gray saw a .380-caliber pistol in Davis' possession, the affidavit states.

"Gray asked Davis if he was going to hurt her and he replied that he only wanted to talk about the 2010 case," the affidavit states.

Once they got to the Irving park, the two walked down to the Trinity River.

Davis told authorities that he then shot Gray twice, the affidavit states.

Gray fell partially into the river and began asking, "Why, Wish?," using a nickname for Davis, the affidavit states.

Davis pulled Gray onto the bank and stepped on her neck, the affidavit states.

Her body was found about 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Valley View Lane and Interstate 635, near the river. Officers found a backpack near the body that contained Gray's school identification.

Davis led authorities to several locations where evidence was found, the affidavit states.

He led investigators to where he said he killed Gray and to a pond at Royal Lane and Las Colinas Boulevard, where police said they found the pistol, the affidavit states.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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