New Dallas County Death Sentence – Third for Dallas

A Dallas County jury has convicted and sentenced Franklin Davis for the murder of 16 year old, Shania Gray.  Gray was the babysitter of Davis’ children and had accused him of rape.

Read more about the case from the Dallas Morning News.

This is the third death sentence in Dallas County this year, but the eleventh for Dallas County since 2008.  It is the eighth new death sentence statewide in 2013.

Dallas County leads the state in the imposition of new death sentences over the last five years.  Of the eleven men sentenced to death in Dallas County in this time period, eight are African American and two are Hispanic.

Read more about recent sentencing trends by county and view TCADP’s maps of death sentences and executions by county between 1976 and 2012 and 2008 and 2012.