HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A case that shocked north Alabama in 1998 is making headlines again. Jeffrey Franklin was 17 years old when he killed his parents and tried to kill three siblings at their south Huntsville home.
Gerald and Cynthia Franklin were slain with a sledgehammer, knife and hatchet. The siblings were badly hurt.
In 2001, Jeffrey Franklin avoided trial by pleading guilty to two murder charges and three counts of attempted murder. He was sentenced to three life sentences to be served consecutively. Now, Franklin is 36 and eligible for parole. He has a parole hearing scheduled to take place June 1.
WHNT News 19 was recently granted unprecedented access to the Franklin case file. Wednesday, May 25 on WHNT News 19 at 10:00 we take you through some of what we uncovered.
The case file is graphic. It includes Jeffrey Franklin's own drawings, some of which show Satanic, demonic illustrations that allude to his parents' deaths. We also talk with the prosecutor on the case, who said the case files disturbed him. We also ask him if Franklin should be granted parole.
Franklin's parole hearing was originally scheduled for June 1, but a member of the parole board says this case involved the notification of victims. The hearing date could take a few additional months before it happens.