Police squelch rumors of Franklin hit list

December 16, 2003|GARY MOYERS

Boyle County Sheriff LeeRoy Hardin said police may never know the motive that led Timothy J. Franklin to kill his father, aunt and uncle Friday night on Little Needmore Road.

"It's a tragedy for everyone involved," said Hardin. "So much of this will be hard to figure out because the people involved in it died."

Police said Franklin, 39, killed his father, Robert L. Franklin, 72; his uncle, Roy C. Franklin, 74; and his aunt, Carrie J. Franklin, 71, at adjacent homes on Little Needmore Road. The two homes sit less than 20 feet apart, one in front of the other, and Hardin said Timothy Franklin and his father lived in the house in front while Roy and Carrie Franklin lived in the house in the rear.

Timothy Franklin was shot and killed by Kentucky State Police trooper Dennis Oldham in LaRue County just after 1 a.m. Saturday. A press release said Timothy Franklin exited a wrecked pickup when ordered to surrender by Oldham, and Oldham shot him after an altercation.


Hardin said Franklin refused to turn himself in after the shootings. "We talked to him on the cell phone, and tried and tried to get him to give himself up," said Hardin. "He just wasn't going to have anything to do with that. He wasn't going to surrender."

Hardin said that his department has found no evidence that Franklin hunted other people after the shootings at around 7:30 p.m. Friday.

"None whatsoever," he said. "No one has come forward with any evidence to us that he was looking for anyone else. To my knowledge, there's no truth to the rumor that he was found with a hit list on him or anything like that."

KSP trooper Chris Lanham confirmed what Hardin said.

"I am not aware of the existence of any hit list or anything like that," he said. "And there appears to be no evidence at this point that (Franklin) went looking for anyone else after the shootings."

Hardin said he called Franklin's ex-wife after the shootings were discovered to warn her to leave the house.

"That was just a precaution," said Hardin. "We had no evidence that he was looking for her or headed that way, but it's normal in a situation like this to take the safe way. We just felt she should be aware of the situation."

Lanham confirmed that action was standard police procedure. "You always want to err on the side of caution," he said.

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