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Franklin Convicted in Tillman Murder

Tracen Franklin was found guilty Wednesday of murdering Bobby Tillman in a Douglas County party two years ago.

A Douglas County jury took less than two hours to decide Tracen Franklin was guilty of killing Bobby Tillman two years ago, according to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution.

WSB-TV reported Frankin's attorney, Bruce Harvey, did not deny Franklin's involvement in the beating, but he is trying to convince jurors that the beating was not "premeditated or planned" in an effort to avoid the death penalty.

Emanuel Boykins, pleaded guilty last spring to being the first to attack Tillman at a high school party that got out of control, avoiding a death penalty trial.

, Emanuel Boykins pleaded guilty to killing Tillman and was sentenced to life in prison with the opportunity for parole after 30 years, according to wsbtv.com.

Douglas County District Attorney David McDade did not seek the death penalty against two other suspects, Quantez Devonta Mallory and Horace Damon Coleman.

Prosecutors are expected today to make their case that Franklin should be sentenced to death, the AJC said. If not Franklin could get either life with the possibility of parole after at least 30 years in prison or life without parole.

The penalty phase of the trial is next. Douglas County Superior Court Judge William McClain told jurors they could expect the trial to last until the middle of next week, the AJC report said.

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Doris September 17, 2012 at 11:51 AM
My heart goes out to both sides of the families it's truly sad may God bless u all
Dick Jones September 17, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Respectfully, My heart goes out to the victim's family. The suspect's family? Not so much. Maybe their kid wouldn't be off to prison for murder if his parents would have done a better job. Instead, they turned him loose to the thug life where he felt free to kill someone for the fun of it. He is getting exactly what he deserves and there is a long line of Thug Lifers waiting to join him. Good riddance.
Tee October 06, 2012 at 04:02 AM
I disagree...There are no winners in this case...you have a young man who is dead because a group of young men made the wrong decision and went too far and now tax dollars will pay to take care of them in jail for life... I would prefer my taxes to go towards prevention programs for young people....It takes a village...
just saying January 16, 2013 at 03:42 AM
Ironically talk about disparity how come there is no update in the media on the other two guys starting trial........Just does not make sense

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