Escaped murder suspect nabbed after Dallas standoff

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by JASON WHITELY

WFAA

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 1:13 AM

DALLAS — A man accused of murdering a Carrollton teenager in September was recaptured late Tuesday night, two-and-a-half hours after escaping from a deputy at Parkland Memorial Hospital earlier in the evening.

Franklin Davis of Irving took a deputy's gun and fled on foot at 8:15 p.m.

At 9:35 p.m., a man matching Davis' description was spotted in a van in a parking lot about one mile southeast of the hospital at Harry Hines Boulevard and Reagan Street, across from the Dallas Infomart. The vehicle was surrounded by law enforcement officers and a Dallas police SWAT team.

Dallas police negotiators encouraged Davis to surrender. He gave himself up about 10:45 p.m.

Davis was returned to Parkland with greatly increased security after he complained of chest pains.

Dozens of squad cars from multiple agencies and at least one Dallas Fire-Rescue ambulance surrounded the area and blocked traffic on Harry Hines Boulevard.

When he escaped, Davis was wearing the pants of an inmate's uniform and no shirt. The deputy who was dealing with Davis at the time of the escape was not injured, the sheriff's department said.

A source told News 8 that Davis had been uncuffed prior to overpowering the deputy. Investigators said they also recovered the pistol stolen from the sheriff's deputy. 

In September, Davis confessed to killing 16-year-old Shania Gray of Carrollton after luring her into a fatal encounter along the banks of the Trinity River. She had been shot and strangled.

In a jailhouse interview, Davis told News 8 he had been trying to defend himself against allegations that he had sexually assaulted her. He said he did not plan on murdering the girl and claimed he had been "fighting demons."

Davis was charged with capital murder and was being held on $2 million bond. Prosecutors said they would ask for the death penalty in their case against him.

A charge of escape will now be added to the list of his alleged crimes.

It was not immediately clear why Davis was at Parkland Hospital.

WFAA reporter Rebecca Lopez contributed to this report.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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