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The latter part of this article reads: "Franklin also told investigators he had been
taking the prescription drugs Ritalin, Prozac and Klonopin and had not slept for
two days before the attack.
The estate of Franklin's parents - Gerald and Cynthia
Franklin - and guardians for his brothers and sisters filed lawsuits against Franklin,
his psychiatrists and the drug manufacturers."

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Jury selection continues in hatchet murder trial 10/03/00
KENT FAULK
News staff writer <FILENAME=E423902B HUNTSVILLE - Jury selection is to
continue today in the capital murder trial of a Huntsville man charged in the
hatchet slayings of his parents. Jeffrey Franklin, 20, also is charged with three
counts of attempted murder in hatchet attacks on two younger brothers and a
younger sister on March 10, 1998. Another younger sister was not at home at the
time. Jury selection began Monday afternoon before Madison County Circuit
Judge Loyd H. Little Jr. Crime news and statistics Franklin defense attorneys plan
to put on an insanity defense. A Huntsville police investigator testified in an earlier
hearing that Franklin said after his arrest - following a car chase through south
Huntsville - that it was like some "evil being," with horns sticking out of his head
and eyes had taken over his body. Franklin, who at the time was still in high
school, had satanic symbols on his body when he was arrested, police have said.
Franklin also told investigators he had been taking the prescription drugs
Ritalin, Prozac and Klonopin and had not slept for two days before the attack.
The estate of Franklin's parents - Gerald and Cynthia Franklin - and
guardians for his brothers and sisters filed lawsuits against Franklin, his
psychiatrists and the drug manufacturers.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys
said they couldn't comment on whether Franklin or his siblings will testify. © 2000
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