By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
BELTON - The 21-year-old alleged rape victim referred to in court documents as Jane Doe took the stand Tuesday as the first witness against Bradric Givante Fransaw, a suspected serial rapist.
Doe cried as questioning began. Prosecuting attorney Terry Clark asked if she needed to take a break to collect herself or get a drink of water. Doe said no.
She is one of eight women Fransaw allegedly raped during a two-month span in the summer of 2010. Fransaw, 24, is accused of attacking Doe on Aug. 21, 2010, inside a laundry room at a Killeen apartment complex on Hallmark Avenue.
Fransaw already has been convicted and sentenced to life in prison on a charge of aggravated sexual assault for raping a woman in Killeen on Aug. 22, 2010. That victim also was raped in a laundry room, the location of all his alleged assaults that has given Fransaw the moniker "laundry room rapist."
Though Fransaw pleaded guilty in the middle of his first trial, he has filed a pro se appeal of his conviction.
The attack against Doe occurred in the morning hours before she had intended to head to Fort Hood for formation at 9 a.m. She woke up around 6 a.m. and put a load of laundry in the wash. About an hour later, she moved the laundry to the dryer.
About 8 a.m., she returned. Doe testified she noticed a police sketch she had seen an hour earlier of a man wanted for several aggravated sexual assaults had been removed from a bulletin board.
Minutes later, a man she later identified as Fransaw entered the laundry room wearing a bandana over his face and armed with a black handgun.
"I screamed, and he told me to shut up or he will hurt me," Doe testified, noting she thought she was about to be robbed.
"He said he just wanted to touch me. I realized something was about to happen," she told the court.
Doe is a devout Christian. Though married by a judge to "the love of my life," she said she still was a virgin at the time of the alleged attack. She was waiting to be married in a church before having sexual relations with her husband.
During the attack, Fransaw allegedly forced her to perform several different sexual acts. She repeatedly pleaded with him to stop, and then began to pray. She testified that she began thinking of the biblical story of Job, the man who loses everything. "I was losing everything," Doe told the court. "The last thing that God put in my mind was to show him love," she testified.
Doe then asked her attacker if he knew Jesus, if he had God in his heart, if he was married and if he had kids. She then offered to give him a hug.
According to a statement to police, Fransaw later told police the questions gave him pause. He stopped assaulting the woman and left briefly.
He returned briefly to "clean" Doe and then left. The attack lasted about 20 minutes, she told the court.
Doe gathered her laundry and went into her apartment. She hesitated to call police because Fransaw threatened to kill her if she did, she testified. She eventually did after calling her husband, who lived out of state.
When police interviewed her that day, she sat on her bed with a blank stare on her face clutching a Bible "like a security blanket," Killeen police detective Ramiro Martinez testified.
Doe, a chemical specialist for the U.S. Army, has since been stationed elsewhere. The Daily Herald does not identify victims of rape.
Testimony in Fransaw's trial will continue at 9 a.m. today in the 264th District Court in Belton.
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