JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A man authorities say is a suspect in the deaths or disappearances of 5 women will be arraigned Tuesday on charges stemming from a separate case.
Ricky Franklin was indicted last month on charges of forcible rape, sexual battery, kidnapping and aggravated assault. The charges involve the alleged Nov. 7 attack on a 21-year-old Jackson woman at his mobile home in Bolton. He hasn't been charged in the other cases, which authorities say have stalled because of a lack of evidence.
The alleged victim from Jackson told authorities Franklin raped her twice, beat her with liquor bottles and choked her.
Franklin's attorney, Mike Scott, said his client had consensual sex with the woman and they fought over money.
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