Dallas County case shows rise of cellphone data as prosecutors’ tool

By Jennifer Emily, Dallas Morning News

When a Dallas County jury sent Franklin Davis to death row for killing 16-year-old Shania Gray to stop her from testifying that he had raped her, the best evidence of his guilt, prosecutors said, came from his and his victim’s cellphones. Davis had tried to destroy them — and the information they contained — by throwing them in separate ponds.

“Nobody knows you as well as your cellphone does,” said prosecutor Brandon Birmingham. “They’re almost like your clone. You’re revealing your mind through your cellphone.”

Police have long been able to determine suspects’ locations at the time of a crime by identifying what cellphone towers they were near then. Read More