Saturday, December 08, 2007

Man charged in Nailah Franklin's slaying

I found this story over at Gaper's Block Merge. After all that time claiming innocence he still gets arrested over the murder. Perhaps the police actually got something on him.
A "deeply flawed" alibi has lead to the arrest of a Chicago man in the September slaying of Nailah Franklin, authorities said during a news conference today.

Police said Reginald Potts Jr., who dated Franklin briefly, is charged with murder after FBI officials were able to place his cell phone and Franklin's cell phone in the same geographic location at a time he said he was not with Franklin.

Franklin's sisters reported her missing Sept. 19 and her nude body was discovered in a densely wooded area of Calumet City eight days later. Police believe Franklin was killed on Sept. 18. A law enforcement source has said she was not shot or stabbed. An autopsy in September failed to determine the cause of the death and the Cook County medical examiner's office said Saturday results are still pending.

Police sources said Potts, 30, had been a suspect since Franklin was reported missing. The two had a heated e-mail exchange the week before she disappeared.

Witness statements to police also raised questions about his whereabouts, authorities said.

Potts, who is also charged with robbery and the theft of Franklin's vehicle, was in the county jail serving a 100-day sentence after pleading guilty to violating an order of protection involving another woman, according to John Gorman, a spokesman for the Cook County state's attorney's office. Potts subsequently was charged with aggravated battery for striking a sheriff's deputy and ordered held without bail.

He is scheduled for a bond hearing on the murder charge Monday.

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