Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Charges added in murder-for-hire case

By Rob Young/Appeal-Democrat

Jonathan Scott Franklin, the Marysville man who allegedly plotted to have his estranged wife murdered, also tried to have the wife's boyfriend killed, according to an amended criminal complaint filed Wednesday in Yuba County Superior Court.

Franklin, 36, allegedly paid $1,000 to an undercover Marysville police officer posing as a hit man.

Deputy District Attorney Mechele Cook filed the new complaint, which identifies the boyfriend as "A.H." and includes a new, misdemeanor charge of possessing pornography — an image of a child engaged in a simulated sex act.

Franklin, who is being held in Yuba County Jail on $2 million bail, pleaded not guilty to the new charges.