Crime & Courts

NC mother, son charged with conspiring to kill her husband at family home

Tammy Lynn Franklin, left, and Steven Donald Franklin.
Tammy Lynn Franklin, left, and Steven Donald Franklin. Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification

Sheriff’s deputies have charged a mother and son with conspiring to murder her husband at the family home in northern Wake County.

Tammy Franklin, 45, and her son, Steven Donald Franklin, 23, have both been charged with felony conspiracy, according to arrest warrants filed Monday night. They are accused of conspiring to murder Donald Webster Franklin at their home at 6825 Greywalls Lane, a 5,100-square-foot house with a tax value of more than $700,000.

Deputies also charged Steven Franklin with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Donald Franklin called 911 at about 7 p.m. on Halloween to report that he had been assaulted by his son, said Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison. Deputies said Donald Franklin had been assaulted with a “four inch-long, kitchen paring knife,” Harrison said, but his son was not arrested that night.

The officers launched an investigation and consulted the Wake County District Attorney’s Office before filing charges, Harrison said. He declined to disclose a motive, describing the case as an active investigation.

Outside the courtroom Tuesday, Donald Franklin’s daughter, Savannah Franklin, said her father is making the story up, according to ABC11. She said he physically abused her mom and brother and that her mom was trying to file for separation from the man she’d been married to for 27 years.

Deputies charged Tammy Franklin with felony accessory after the fact. Harrison said that during the investigation, Tammy Franklin hid her son from law officers at her parent’s home in Haywood County.

Tammy Franklin’s bail is $1,250,000, and her son’s bail is $1,100,000, a jail spokeswoman said Tuesday afternoon.

Thomasi McDonald: 919-829-4533, @tmcdona75589225