A resident of Huntsville, who, at the age of 17, perpetrated a brutal assault on his own family, resulting in the deaths of his parents and severe injuries to three of his siblings, is now being considered for parole in the upcoming month.
Jeffrey Brendan Franklin, presently 36 years old, was sentenced on June 22, 2001, to a life sentence with the potential for parole due to his involvement in the bludgeoning deaths of his parents, Gerald and Cynthia Franklin, on March 10, 1998. Additionally, he was charged for the attacks on his siblings. As per Alabama law, individuals serving a life sentence are eligible for parole after serving 15 years.
In 2013, Franklin attempted to expedite his parole hearing by emphasizing the three years he had spent in county jail prior to pleading guilty to the aforementioned crimes. However, his request was rejected.
The exact scheduling of Franklin’s hearing remains unclear, as his name does not currently appear on the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles website’s list of upcoming hearings.
At the time of the incident, Franklin was a student at Grissom High School and became a suspect when his parents were discovered deceased and his siblings were found injured within their residence on Camelot Drive in southeast Huntsville. While his younger sister and two younger brothers sustained critical head injuries, they managed to survive the assault.
Notably, another younger sister was not present at home during the time of the murders. The gruesome scene was uncovered after a neighbor noticed one of the children outside, injured and covered in blood.
According to prosecutors, the crime involved the utilization of a hatchet, a 2-pound sledgehammer, a rat-tail file, and a butcher’s knife.
Later that evening, Franklin was apprehended following a high-speed chase that concluded with him crashing into a fence. When police discovered him, he was shirtless and covered in blood, with a pitchfork and pentagram carved into his chest and abdomen.
During a hearing shortly after Franklin’s arrest, an investigator testified that the teenager informed the police that it was an “evil being” with horns protruding from its head and sinister eyes that committed the crimes.
The teenager also disclosed to investigators that he had been consuming prescription medications such as Ritalin, Prozac, and Klonopin and had been sleep-deprived for two consecutive days prior to the attack. Franklin had been under the care of a psychiatrist prior to the homicides.
He is currently detained at Bullock Correctional Facility in Union Springs.