Mother of Accused Speaks To 7 News

January 26, 2007
Reported By: Lee Peck

We've heard a lot about the type of person deputy Alan Inzer was and quite a bit about the men accused in his killing. We now hear from the mother of one of the accused. KPLC's Lee Peck sat down with the mother of Elmer Franklin -- now facing second degree murder charges.

"First of all, I have to say that my heart goes out to Deputy Inzer's family. You have my condolences, but my son is not a murderer," said Jennifer Franklin Brown.

Brown's son, 25-year-old Elmer Franklin, is one of three men police say was attempting to burglarize a building at 3118 Ryan Street at around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Off-duty Deputy Alan Inzer witnessed what he thought was crime in progress while taking a friend home and got involved. A foot chase would ensue that would ultimately lead to his death.

"Elmer Franklin, along with Tromale Guy and Daniel Pegues were attempting to rob a business, when Alan approached them they ran away, splitting up," said Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon. "Pegues continued down Richard Street -- Alan was chasing him. Daniel Pegues is who we believe to be the shooter."

Even though authorities believe her son is not the triggerman, they feel a second degree murder charge is in line. "I know for one thing that my child is not a killer. He wouldn't hurt nobody. He does things you know, but he wouldn't hurt nobody," said Brown.

Lake Charles Police say Franklin has been arrested 24 times in the last 8 and half years and has 3 drug convictions on his record. They say other charges include battery of a police officer. "Never! I have never known my child to beat up a police officer. That was the first time I heard of that on TV tonight," said Brown.

While Brown admits her son has been in trouble, she feels he should not have to spend the rest of his life behind bars for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. "Again my heart goes out to the family, but I have my child. My child is in trouble," says a tearful Brown. "I want to save him. You know I don't want them to throw the book at him and not see him again. I want to at least see my child and touch my child and touch him or something... That's not wrong."

Elmer Franklin remains behind bars at the Calcasieu Correctional Center on a $500,000 bond. He does not yet have an attorney.