Wednesday, February 21, 2001

Testimony to begin in street slaying

Killing thought to be result of fouled cocaine deal

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — An eight-woman, four-man jury will hear testimony today in the trial of a 17-year-old accused of killing a man during a reported drug deal.

        Sedrick Franklin was 16 in July when Bruce Hennig, 58, of West Chester Township, was shot to death in a car at Ninth and Ludlow streets.

        Mr. Franklin, of Hamilton, has been indicted as an adult on charges of murder, felonious assault, trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine.

        His lawyer, Carl Lewis, had been talking with prosecutors about a plea agreement, but he and his client rejected the deal Tuesday and decided to go forward with the trial.

        Common Pleas Judge Michael Sage said that fail ing any extraordinary circumstances, Mr. Franklin will not be allowed to change his mind.

        The jury was taken to see the area at Ninth and Ludlow late Tuesday afternoon, then was dismissed until this morning.

        The trial is expected to last two to three days.


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