Trial begins for man accused of killing girl, 16

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

DALLAS (AP) - Testimony has begun in the capital murder trial of a North Texas man who prosecutors say killed his children's baby sitter after she accused him of rape.

Franklin Davis was in a Dallas courtroom Monday for the September 2012 slaying of 16-year-old Shania Gray.

Police have said the 31-year-old Davis confessed to killing Gray to prevent her from testifying against him in the sexual assault case. He's denied raping the girl.

He created a fake Facebook account to lure Gray to an isolated location in Irving. Investigators say he shot her twice before stepping on her neck until she stopped breathing.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty if Davis is convicted.

Defense attorney Karo Johnson told The Dallas Morning News that Davis is guilty of murder, but not capital murder.

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