DAILYKENN.com -- An Orlando attorney was fatally stabbed during a home invasion.
44-year-old Erin Hartigan was confronted by a male in her home at about 4:30 a.m., reports say. Her mother reportedly heard her scream and saw a male standing over her daughter in the home's hallway. The male then fled upon seeing the second woman.
The suspect earlier went missing from a nearby hospital.
The home invasion appears to be random, even though Hartigan worked as an assistant county attorney. There was no sign of a break-in, suggesting the house's door may have been left unlocked.
Alert neighbors spotted the suspect on security video allowing police to arrest him while he was hiding nearby.
The suspect is identified as William Franklin, 33.
Williams has an extensive criminal record, reports say. He was hospitalized after using drugs on August 13, 2020.
The crime was reported on August 17, 2020, by wftv.com.
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Court records show Franklin has a lengthy criminal history that includes arrests of aggravated battery.
Officers said they used a K-9 to track Franklin’s scent starting at ORMC. Officers said the K-9 followed his scent from the hospital to Hartigan’s home to the yard where the bloody knives were found, and finally behind the home on the banks of Lake Lurna where he was found.
In the lake, officer said they found Franklin’s shorts, which were ripped near the front pocket.
Franklin is charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling with a weapon/battery and first-degree murder. He was scheduled to have his first appearance before a judge Monday morning.
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