A New York prosecutor argued that an American couple decided to kill their adopted child with a disability and cover the murder with a fire after watching the movie ‘Manchester by the sea’, winner of two Oscars at this year’s ceremony, according to Reported AP.
Joseph McBride, a district attorney for Chenango County, New York, said during a hearing last week that Ernest and Heather Franklin killed 16-year-old Jeffrey Franklin just two hours after seeing the award-winning 28 Of February, only two days after being recognized with the Oscar to the best actor and the best original script.
According to the prosecutor, the investigation has shown that the child died before the fire in which he, according to his parents, had lost his life. The film tells the story of a father who, accidentally, causes a fire in which his children die. In the story, the protagonist played by Casey Affleck does not face charges for it.
“We have shown that there was a great deal of tension in the family’s relationship to Jeffrey’s special needs and that the defendant complained on Facebook about the tension that was putting him on,” McBride told the judge, according to court documents cited By WBNG.
Investigators explained that the fire was reported about 1:15 am on March 1 at the family home in Guilford, 300 km from New York City. When the police arrived, Ernest Franklyn, 35, indicated where the young man was, who had physical and mental problems.
According to his version, he was outside the house, trying to find the family dogs that had fled before the flames. “There were no animals in the house. No one else was in the house, and the defendant, with all due respect, had no injuries, “said the prosecutor, who said police found the father” very calm, calm. ”
For her part, Heather, 33, who is pregnant, said she had gone to several stores looking for a drug and did not return home until 2:30 AM when the fire had occurred. The prosecutor noted that there is no record that the woman was never in those two establishments.
However, the autopsy of the body determined that the young man was dead at the time the fire spread through the house. McBridge noted that the victim had no soot or smoke in the throat, trachea, or bronchi, elements that should be present in the body of someone who dies under these circumstances. The prosecutor, however, stated during the hearing that it was not possible to determine the exact cause of death since the body had “very deep burns.”
The couple is being held under the felony of second-degree murder, altering evidence and being the perpetrators of a provoked fire. The court imposed a $ 250,000 cash bail for Ernest Franklin and $ 125,000 for Heather Franklin.