데니스 프랭클린, 28, 클래스로 기소되었습니다 4 aggravated unlawful use of a weapon in the shooting death of her 33-year-old brother, 패트릭 홈즈, 주말 동안 시카고에서. But the details of the case caused confusion for Judge Susana Ortiz, who interrupted prosecutors while they were presenting the allegations against Franklin to ask if they were reading the right case, according to reporting from CWB Chicago.
Prosecutors presenting the case said Franklin and Holmes began arguing while riding as passengers in a car, when Holmes, who was in the back seat, began punching Franklin, who was seated in the front passenger seat, 면전에 대고.
The altercation then spilled out of the vehicle, with Franklin pushed her brother up against a nearby fence.
“State,” Ortiz interrupted during the presentation, “which proffer are you giving me?”
“Your honor, I’m reading the proffer for Ms. 프랭클린,” Assistant State’s Attorney Sean Kelly answered.
“괜찮은. I’m showing a Class 4 aggravated unlawful use of a weapon,” Ortiz responded. “Is that not correct?”
“아니,” Kelly confirmed, “that’s 100% correct.”
“확인. 괜찮은. Go ahead,” the judge answered.
Kelly then said that Franklin went back to the vehicle while Holmes continued the altercation by banging on the window, at which point Franklin warned her brother that she was carrying a pistol. Franklin began loading the pistol with two rounds of ammunition shortly after, while Holmes challenged his sister to shoot him.
Franklin then fired a warning shot towards her brother that went through the third-floor window of a nearby building before firing a second shot that hit Holmes in the chest, causing his death shortly after.
언제 police arrived at the scene Franklin had already left with the gun, but she later turned herself into authorities and surrendered the gun.
Kelly noted that Franklin did have a permit for the firearm but did not have a concealed carry permit.
“I would note,” 켈리가 말했다 “that more serious charges in this case were rejected [by the state’s attorney’s office.]”
“More serious charges were rejected?” the judge asked.
“옳은,” 켈리가 말했다.
The Cook County State’s Attorney, Kimberly Foxx, has attracted controversy during her time in office, most notably during the case of actor Jussie Smollett, who saw 16 felony counts against him dropped by Foxx’s office after he staged a fake racist assault.
폭스, 민주당 원, has dropped nearly 30% of charges against felony defendants, a Chicago Tribune analysis showed, much higher than the 19.4% of dropped felonies under her predecessor.
Foxx’s office did not respond to a Fox News request for comment on the case.
In the case of Franklin, Assistant Public Defender Suzin Farber said her client had no criminal record and “there may be an issue of self-defense”, leading prosecutors to only pursue charges of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, the lowest-level felony gun violation in Illinois.
“It obviously is certainly a very unique set of circumstances for a Class 4 aggravated unlawful use of a weapon,” the judge said. “There appears not to be the likelihood of any greater charges here.”
Farber declined to comment on the case when reached by Fox News.
Franklin is due back in court on July 6.