Franklin B. Davis was accused of raping Shania Gray two years ago.
He is now charged with her murder after he told cops he picked the 16-year-old up from school and killed her. Her family says he did it so she wouldn’t testify at his trial.
Shania claimed that Davis raped her while she babysat his two kids, and threatened to kill her if she told anyone.
She did tell someone — her grandmother — and Davis, 30, was eventually charged with four counts of sexual assault of a child.
He plotted to meet Shania at her Irving high school Thursday afternoon by posing on Facebook as a teenager in her social circle who had a crush on her, the Dallas Morning News reported.
“The trial was coming up in October and I think he didn’t want her to testify,” said Sherry Ramsey, a friend of Shania’s mother who spoke on the family’s behalf.
“She definitely wouldn’t have talked to him if she knew who he was,” she added.
But she got into his car and he drove away. Irving police spokesman Jon Stovall said Davis killed her at a local park her within an hour of picking her up.
Shania’s parents reported her missing early Friday. Her body was found dumped in a river Saturday, and cops recovered the .38 caliber pistol that killed her from a nearby pond.
Davis was arrested Friday on a traffic warrant. When cops grilled him about his connection to Shania, he confessed to the shocking murder, police said.
He was charged Sunday with capital murder. Cops believe he acted alone.