CHAMPAIGN COUNTY — A man, charged with murder, will be in court Tuesday. It’s the third time Tyrone Franklin faces murder charges in his 24-years. If convicted, he faces 40-years to life.
Police say Franklin shot and killed 21-year old Robert Lee Brown during Thanksgiving weekend, 2016. Investigators say the pair was fighting at a home on East University Avenue when Franklin shot Brown. Brown later died at the hospital.
Franklin was on the run for more than a month; all along considered armed and dangerous. He was finally apprehended when police went to arrest another murder suspect; Joshua Young was wanted in the 2014 killing of Rakim Vineyard.
Franklin’s first murder arrest was for the 2008 shooting death of his stepfather, James Ellis. His first trial ended in a hung jury; the second, he was acquitted.
Franklin was one of four pegged in the crime; the one police believe pulled the trigger, but the only one to walk free. In this case, Franklin has already pleaded not guilty. His fate could, once again, be left up to a jury.