Parole hearing soon: WHNT News 19 granted unprecedented access to Jeffrey Franklin’s case file

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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.

The Franklin family

The Franklin family

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.

Jeffrey Franklin after his arrest (WHNT News 19 file)

Jeffrey Franklin after his arrest (WHNT News 19 file)

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.

Jeffrey Franklin (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

Jeffrey Franklin (Photo: Alabama Department of Corrections)

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.

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