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Wake mother, son charged with trying to kill father

Posted November 10, 2015

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— A Wake County mother and son have been charged with trying to kill the man's father.

Steven Donald Franklin, 23, and Tammy Franklin, 45, both of 6825 Greywalls Lane, north of Raleigh, were charged Monday with felony conspiracy. Steven Franklin also was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, while Tammy Franklin also was charged with accessory after the fact of a felony.

Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Steven Franklin attacked his father, Donald Webster Franklin, with a 4-inch paring knife in the Greywalls Lane home on Oct. 31, and Tammy Franklin later helped her son hide from authorities in her parents' Haywood County home.

Court records show that Donald Franklin was pushed down some stairs before the attack and suffered cuts on one hand.

Prosecutors said there was evidence Tammy Franklin may have planned the murder attempt. According to arrest warrants, the conspiracy began in May.

But Tammy Franklin told a judge that she was the victim in the case.

"I'm a physically abused woman," she said.

Savannah Franklin, 19, said her mother and brother didn't do anything wrong and that her father concocted the stabbing story because he and her mother are separating.

"They didn’t do it. I know they didn’t do it," Savannah Franklin said. "My dad is just taking out anger."

Donald Franklin was abusive toward the family for years, she said, adding that she filed for a restraining order against him on Monday.

Meanwhile, Donald Franklin obtained restraining orders Monday against his wife and son, who is a student at East Carolina University. He claimed that Tammy Franklin threatened to kill him in recent days unless he dropped the assault charge against their son.

Steven Franklin was being held in the Wake County jail under a $1 million bond, and Tammy Franklin was being held under a $1.25 million bond.

"I never thought that I would ever see my brother or my mom in jail because they haven’t even done anything. They never would have done anything," Savannah Franklin said.

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  • Dona Hill Nov 11, 2015
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    This is what the sister said.
    “My dad was real abusive to me, my brother and my mom,” Savannah Franklin said. “Domestic violence abuse as in verbal, physical and sexual abuse.” When asked if that abuse was directed towards her, she said, “yes.” She was rewarded an emergency restraining order against her Dad when her grandparents brought her into meet with law enforcement.

  • James Grimes Jr. Nov 11, 2015
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    It looks like he is on the verge of crying and she has stood in long lines all day and doesn't want to be messed with.

    He won't make it long, unless they somehow get out before the weekend.

  • Wayne Douglas III Nov 10, 2015
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    While I do understand that people are killed with knives every day, those knives are typically not pairing knives. Butcher knives, steak knives or even cheese knives, but not pairing knives.

  • Janni Cone Nov 10, 2015
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    This looks to be as big of a mess as there can be - and an entire family pretty much ruined because someone can't let go. Remains to be seen how messed up this is - but my guess is on "very"....

  • Mark Colyer Nov 10, 2015
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    Is he crying?

  • Steven Cousler Nov 10, 2015
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    Classic mugshots - lol! If a photo could convict - those would.