(born August 30, 1952), a mechanic who worked between 19 for the City of Los Angeles in the sanitation department and briefly for the police department.
In July 2005, Franklin was on unsupervised probation, but his DNA was not entered into the system.
Probation officers did not collect DNA samples from people who were on unsupervised probation between November 2004 and August 2005.
In 2004, voters passed Proposition 69, which requires that DNA must be collected from all felons and everyone arrested on some specified charges.
It also requires the expansion of the DNA database.
They found similar DNA belonging to Franklin's son, Christopher, who had been convicted of a felony weapons charge.
According to Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley, detectives then used a piece of discarded pizza with Franklin's DNA to make the link.Louis Craine committed at least two of the "Southside Slayer" murders, and Michael Hughes, Daniel Lee Siebert, Chester Turner, and Ivan Hill at least one each.These became known, misleadingly, as the "Strawberry Murders." Sheriff's Detective Rickey Ross was wrongfully arrested due to a ballistics error.Franklin has a criminal record dating back to 1989.He was convicted of two charges of stolen property, one charge of misdemeanor assault, and one charge of battery.This same year, in secrecy, the LAPD formed the "800 Task Force," composed of six detectives and overseen by the Robbery-Homicide Unit.