Raleigh, N.C. mother and son conspired to kill father, sheriff says

By WNCN Staff - RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A Raleigh, N.C. mother and her son face charges of conspiring to kill her husband.

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Tammy Franklin, 47, and Steven Franklin, 23, both of Raleigh, are accused of conspiring to murder Donald Franklin.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Donald Franklin called authorities Oct. 31 and said he had been assaulted by Steven Franklin at the family's home at 6825 Greywalls Lane.

An investigation into the Oct. 31 assault lead authorities to look at other incidents dating back to May 30. That investigation led to the arrests of Tammy and Steven Franklin, Harrison said.

Donald Franklin has since moved out of the Greywalls Lane residence to an unknown location.

Tammy and Donald's daughter, Savannah, 19, said her father abused her, along with Tammy and Steven, for years.

"My dad was real abusive to me, my brother and my mom," Savannah Franklin said. "Domestic violence abuse as in verbal, physical and sexual abuse."

When asked if that abuse was directed towards her, she said, "yes."

Savannah Franklin went on to say she had no idea where her father is and she had to file a restraining order against him Monday.

Warrants show Tammy Franklin helped Steven Franklin escape authorities following the Oct. 31 call by hiding him at her parents' home in Haywood County.

A WNCN crew spotted a Wake County Sheriff's Office vehicle in front of 6825 Greywalls Lane in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon.

Harrison said the home is considered a crime scene and is being preserved for the district attorney and investigators.

Tammy Franklin was given a $1.25 million bond. Steven Franklin was given a $1 million bond.

If either post bond, they will be held under house arrest with electronic monitoring.

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