Texas murder suspect surrenders after escape

(AP) Texas murder suspect surrenders after escape
By TERRY WALLACE
Associated Press
DALLAS
A nearly two hour standoff with police has ended peacefully for a capital murder suspect officials say took a deputy’s gun and escaped a Dallas hospital.

Franklin B. Davis surrendered shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday. Dallas County sheriff’s spokeswoman Carmen Castro said he was being taken back to Parkland Memorial Hospital, the same hospital from which he’d escaped about 8:30 p.m.

Dallas County sheriff’s officials say tactical squad officers surrounded the 30-year-old Carrollton man about 9 p.m. after he sought refuge in a van about a mile from the hospital.

The 30-year-old Davis was awaiting trial in the death of Carrollton high school sophomore Shania Gray. Davis already was charged with sexually assaulting Gray when he allegedly took the 16-year-old from school. Her body was found Sept. 8. She had been shot and strangled.

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Police have a Dallas-area capital murder suspect cornered after the man grabbed a deputy’s service revolver and fled a Dallas hospital late Tuesday night, officials said.

Franklin B. Davis, 30, fled Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas with the weapon about 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Dallas County sheriff’s spokeswoman. Davis was found about 9 p.m. holed up in a van, with the gun, about a mile south of the hospital. Dallas police tactical squad officers and sheriff’s deputies surrounded the vehicle, and Dallas police began assisting deputies with negotiations, sheriff’s spokeswoman Carmen Castro said.

Castro said the deputy was not injured in the incident at the hospital, but she said she had no other details. It was unclear why Davis was at the hospital.

Davis was awaiting trial in the death of Shania Gray, a 16-year-old sophomore at Hebron High School in Carrollton. Her body was found Sept. 8 along a fork of the Trinity River. She had been shot and strangled.

Davis already had been charged with four counts of sexually assaulting Gray when he allegedly took Gray from her school. Police have said Davis confessed to killing the girl. Police say he did so to prevent Gray from testifying against him in a sexual assault case.

Family and friends had said that when she was killed Gray’s family was in the process of moving from one Dallas suburb to another so her father could be closer to work. Neighbors in Mesquite, the eastern suburb where the family lived for years, described Gray as friendly and caring.

According to relatives and an affidavit released by Carrollton police, Davis posed as a teenage boy on the Facebook social media page and bought a new cellphone to contact Gray and get information about the sexual assault case.

The two exchanged text messages, though Carrollton police spokesman Jon Stovall said he didn’t know how many.

Davis told Carrollton police Gray was surprised to see him when he pulled up to her outside her school but got into his car because he wanted to discuss the case. He told police and several television stations that he drove her to an area near the Trinity River and shot her twice. He then stepped on her neck until she stopped breathing, the affidavit said. Her body was found two days later.

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