A data recovery company played a key part in helping bring a murder suspect to justice in a Texas case. Here forensic evidence proved the killer lured the teenage victim to her death with deceiving text and social media messages.
Franklin Davis was recently convicted of the murder of 16-year-old Shania Gray, according to Dallas News. Much of the prosecution rested on whether Davis had sent threatening messages to Gray in the build-up to the murder. The initial problem that the prosecution faced was that Davis had attempted to destroy his iPhone.
At the end of the trial, the jury agreed with the prosecution that Davis murdered Gray. Davis had already been charged for sexually assaulting Gray. It then emerges that Davis lured Gray, who was his family’s babysitter, to a meeting in Carrollton, Texas, where he killed her to prevent her from testifying. Gray received text and social media messages from Davis, who was posing as a private investigator for the rape trial.
Davis’ iPhone was discovered in a pond near the victim’s body. The smartphone was destroyed to the point where a federal government forensic lab was unable to retrieve the necessary information for prosecution. Fortunately a private security company was able to retrieve the data.
The company involved was DriveSavers Data Recovery. The company has expertise in Digital Forensics and Electronic Discovery, especially in relation to the recovery of electronically stored information.
The company was able to perform a complete recovery of the iPhone’s data that was key in the outcome of Davis’s murder trial. Davis is now facing the death penalty.