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Tracen Franklin death penalty trial moves to next phase

1:42 PM, Sep 11, 2012   |    comments
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Tracen Franklin in court

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- The death penalty trial for Tracen Franklin is continuing in a Douglas County court. Franklin is one of four suspects in the beating death of Bobby Tillman at a house party in November 2010.

Prosecutors said Franklin delivered the fatal blow to Tillman, causing a tear in his heart.

Prosecutors rested their case Tuesday without calling Bobby Tillman's mother to the stand. Prosecutors had wanted to call Tillman's mother to the stand to identify the clothing he was wearing at the time of his death - likely to allow the jury to see her raw emotion over the death of her son.

But at the last minute, prosecutors thought better of it - after both the defense and the judge warned that her testimony could be more prejudicial than probative, meaning it could lead to a reversal of the case down the road.

The defense says they plan to call witnesses Wednesday and only plan their questions to take one day.



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