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Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 12:00 pm

By Philip Jankowski

Killeen Daily Herald

BELTON - A 21-year-old woman testified Tuesday that accused serial rapist Bradric Givante Dwarren Fransaw stopped raping her when she offered to give him a hug.

The woman, who was identified as Jane Doe in police statements, is a small, 104-pound, foreign-born soldier once stationed at Fort Hood. She definitively identified Fransaw as the man who raped her on Aug. 21, 2010. She said she could never forget Fransaw's eyes no matter how hard she tried.

"I know that look, those eyes. I'm 100 percent sure it is him," she testified after Prosecutor Fred Burns asked her if Fransaw was her attacker.

The woman is one of nine females Fransaw allegedly raped in Killeen and Copperas Cove over a two-month span in the summer of 2010. The perpetrator became known as the "Laundry Room Rapist" for

attacking women in apartment complex laundry rooms.

Fransaw is on trial for the Aug. 22, 2010, rape of a woman at an apartment complex on Andover Drive in Killeen. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

Though Fransaw is on trial for one rape, the court heard testimony by an alleged victim of another sexual assault that occurred the day before the Andover assault. It was the second day of testimony depicting how Fransaw carried out the alleged assaults.

The woman told the court that prior to the assault, she was a virgin. Though married by a judge to "the love of her life," the woman said she was waiting to be married in a church "under God's eyes" before engaging in sexual relations with her husband.

She had been cleaning her Army uniform about 8 a.m. on a Saturday in her Hallmark Avenue apartment complex laundry room when Fransaw attacked her, she testified.

During the 20-minute assault, which "felt like four hours," the woman continually talked to Fransaw. She asked if he was married, if he had kids, and if he had accepted Jesus Christ as his savior.

At one point, she even asked if she could give Fransaw a hug. That was when he stopped raping her, she said.

She told him God loves him. She asked Fransaw to promise her to go to church. Fransaw said he would, she testified.

"I was trying to see a human in him. (...) God created him, too, but the devil is using him. The devil is using him to do this," she told the court. The woman told Fransaw she was not going to call police, and she testified that she did not intend to talk to police. But a neighbor heard her screaming hysterically and called 911.

Police testified Tuesday that the woman appeared to be in shock following the incident.

"She had a glazed-over look. She was quiet, shaken," Killeen police Detective Ramiro Martinez told the court.

A sexual assault nurse examiner noted that the woman was in serious pain during a forensic investigation at Scott & White Hospital in Temple. Paula Wilson said it was only the second time she ever had to give a victim pain medication during a sexual assault exam.

The woman did not intend to cooperate so fully with investigators. But while at Scott & White, she heard that the man she later identified as Fransaw had tried to rape another woman in Killeen.

"I'm like 'I really need to help, because he is not going to stop,'" she told the court.

Another attack

The other woman was attacked in an apartment complex laundry room off 10th Street in Killeen. But she managed to fend off Fransaw, she told the court.

The first thing she said that seemed odd on her way to the laundry room was a shiny black car she thought looked like the Batmobile. She later learned it was a new Camaro.

She noticed the sketch of a suspect in several rapes had been taken down from the laundry room's bulletin board. She was putting clothes in the dryer when she turned around and saw a gun pointed at her face.

This woman had been in this situation before. She told the court she was raped in 2006.

Fransaw said he just wanted to touch her, the woman said. She then knew he was about to try to rape her. Fransaw threatened her, ordered her to turn around, but she would not obey.

"I said, 'I don't give a (expletive),'" she told the court. "He stepped forward to try to scare me. I stood my ground. I wasn't scared, 'cause I wasn't going to let that happen again."

Also Tuesday, a forensic scientist told the court a partial DNA sample from the victim of the Hallmark Avenue assault that did not exclude Fransaw.

The jury also viewed a two-hour taped interview of Fransaw conducted by Killeen police after his arrest. During the interview, Fransaw initially told police he did not rape anyone. Over time, he admitted he raped the woman on Hallmark Avenue. He admitted to carrying a gun and also confirmed portions of other stories.

Testimony continues at 9 a.m. today in Judge Martha Trudo's 264th District Court in Belton.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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