Sep 13, 2012

Acouple years ago we told you about the gruesome beating that led to the death of 18 year old Bobby Tillman.  The reason the beating was so heinous is because of how random it was.

Tillman did absolutely nothing to instigate the fight, but yet a group of boys decided to jump him and 'stomp the life out of him'.

Well the trial of one of the assailants has come to an end resulting in the jury finding him guilty of malice and felony murder.

Here's how the AJC is reporting the story:

The penalty phase begins Thursday in the death penalty trial of Tracen Franklin, a 20-year-old man convicted of murdering Bobby Tillman two years ago — a crime that drew national attention because of its randomness and viciousness.

The Douglas County jury delivered an unexpectedly speedy verdict Wednesday. Jurors were sent to deliberate around 2:45 p.m., and about an hour later asked the judge to again go over the definitions of malice murder and felony murder, the two charges against Franklin. By 4:30 p.m. they had made a decision: guilty on both counts. They rejected the option of convicting Franklin of the less serious crime of involuntary manslaughter, which carries a punishment of one to 10 years in prison.

So far, two men have been convicted of murdering Tillman — Franklin and Emanuel Boykins, who pleaded guilty last spring to throwing the first punch to avoid a death penalty trial.

Two other suspects, Quantez Devonta Mallory and Horace Damon Coleman, have not yet gone to trial for murder. Douglas District Attorney David McDade is not seeking the death penalty against them.

Franklin was an 18-year-old student at Alabama State University in 2010 when he took part in killing Tillman.

Prosecutors will present evidence Thursday to support their contention that Franklin should be sentenced to death. And Franklin’s attorneys will call witnesses in hopes of persuading the jury to recommend either life with the possibility of parole after at least 30 years in prison or life without parole. source


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