Dayton homicides 1997:
Three family members killed in
arson fire; grandson charged


DDN PHOTO SKIP PETERSON
Flowers were placed in front of the remains of Ivory and Ophelia Franklin's home at 39 Riegal St.
  At 2 a.m. on April 18, 1997, firefighters responded to a house fire at 39 S. Riegel St., and discovered three bodies inside.
  The victims were Ivory Franklin, 75, his wife, Ophelia, 71, and their son Anthony, 38.

Antonio Franklin
  On April 21 police charged the couple's grandson Antonio Sanchez Franklin with murder.
  On Aug. 21, 1998 Franklin was convicted of the three murders. On Aug. 26 he was sentenced to death.
POLICE CHARGE GRANDSON
Couple and son were beaten before fire, coroner says
By Angela Townsend DAYTON DAILY NEWS
Published: Tuesday, April 22, 1997

COURTS
JUDGE DECIDES MAN COMPETENT
By Rob Modic Dayton Daily News
Published: 06/04/98

COURTS
SUSPECT CLAIMS INSANITY
* Antonio Franklin is on trial in the robbery-deaths of three relatives in April, 1997.
By Wendy Hundley Dayton Daily News
Published: 08/13/98

DAYTON
FRANKLIN GUILTY IN 3 MURDERS
* The 20-year-old could face the death penalty for killing his uncle and grandparents and then setting fire to their home.
By Rob Modic DAYTON DAILY NEWS
Published: 08/22/98

DEATH ROW FOR FRANKLIN, JURY DECIDES
Last word now rests with judge
By Rob Modic Dayton Daily News
Published: 08/26/98

JUDGE AGREES WITH JURY
Franklin to be 188th man on Death Row
By Rob Modic DAYTON DAILY NEWS
Published: 08/28/98 -- Page: 1B

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File created: 4-22-1997
updated: 8-26-1998