JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The rape trial of Ricky Franklin did not begin Monday in Hinds County Court. The Hinds County District Attorney's office asked for a continuance after his alleged victim was shot in the leg last Tuesday morning.
The 38-year-old man is charged with the Nov. 7, 2009, forcible rape, sexual battery, kidnapping and aggravated assault. As WLBT News reported, Franklin allegedly picked up the 21-year-old woman and promised her a fun time at a Bolton night club.
Sources told us she was then taken to a home in rural Hinds county. FBI agents assisted in the investigation. Teams of agents scoured his home and a Ford pickup truck. He pleaded not guilty and remains in jail on $300,000 bond.
Franklin has long been eyed as a person of interest in the cold case, disappearance and murder of 5 women in the 1990's. Most of them were known prostitutes and drug users.