Bert Franklin, 35, of Tulsa, Oklahoma was a successful dentist and family man, with a wife and four children. That is, when he wasn’t sneaking around to see his girlfriend Roxanne Randall, who was unaware of his marriage. They had been “dating” for a year when police say he beat her 18-month-old son Lincoln Lewis so bad that he died from his injuries two days later.
Police say Bert Franklin had a bad temper and a history of abusive behavior, citing statements from one of his biological daughters. He had also exchanged a serious of threatening texts with Lincoln Lewis’ father, Roxanne’s-ex, threatening to kill and castrate him. He had also apparently exhibited “controlling behavior” towards his unknowing mistress, according to court documents.
Roxanne Randall was upstairs when she heard a loud thud. When she came down to investigate, Franklin said he was bouncing a ball for the dog and that little Lincoln was asleep. The next day the child had trouble breathing and when taken to the hospital doctors found he had a fractured skull and a brain bleed. He died the following day.
Prosecutors claim video found on a home security cam shows Franklin kicking and dropping the boy before carrying away his limp body, but not before pausing to grab a slice of pizza from a nearby box. However, his lawyers say the video shows him playing with Randall’s pet dog, as he said. The video was thought to have been erased, but detectives were able to locate a copy.
Bert Franklin is currently on trial for murder in the first degree and murder by child beating. He has also been charged with two felony counts of fraud and the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry suspended his dental license following a litany of allegations that came to light after his arrest for murder. Franklin is being held without bail after a district judge deemed him to be “a danger to the community.”
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