Doug Phillips of Boyle County said Saturday he has no idea why his longtime friend, Timothy Franklin, killed his father, aunt and uncle Friday night before he himself was shot and killed by Kentucky State Police in LaRue County.
"He called me about 10 and told me what he'd done," said Phillips. "I didn't know whether to believe him or not, because he gets out in left field sometimes when he's been drinking. But I drove over there, and that's when I found them."
Phillips found Timothy Franklin's father, Robert L. Franklin, 72; his uncle, Roy C. Franklin, 74; and his aunt, Carrie J. Franklin, 71, at their homes, which stand side by side on Little Needmore Road. They were all dead from gunshot wounds.
Phillips said he immediately dialed 911, and was still talking with police officers when Franklin called him on his cell phone.