Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Boy, 16, indicted in shooting death

He could face life in prison

By Earnest Winston
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A Butler County grand jury Tuesday indicted a 16-year-old boy in the July shooting death of a West Chester man.

        Sedrick Franklin, of Hamilton, was indicted on one count each of murder, felonious assault, trafficking in cocaine and possession of cocaine.

        A juvenile court judge ruled in July that Mr. Franklin be tried as an adult.

        If convicted, Mr. Franklin faces 32 years in prison, possibly life, said Assistant Prosecutor Rick Hyde.

        Two witnesses testified in July that they saw Mr. Franklin point a gun seconds before the shooting in Hamilton.

        Both witnesses said they did not see Mr. Franklin fire the fatal shots that struck 58-year-old Bruce Hennig in the face and neck.

        Mr. Hennig, who was a passenger in a car, was shot as the car left the scene after a disputed drug deal, police said.

        An arraignment and pretrial hearing are set for Sept. 27 before Common Pleas Judge Michael Sage. Mr. Franklin will remain in Butler County Jail until the start of his trial.

        Mr. Franklin's attorney, Carl Lewis, said he could not comment because he had not seen the indictment by Tuesday afternoon.


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