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Guilty verdict handed down in Westfield cold case murder trial
The Star-Ledger ^ | Julia Terruso

Posted on 12/24/2012 4:09:57 PM PST by nickcarraway

Thirty-seven years ago Barbara Hill was sitting in her Cranford home six months pregnant when she got a call from her grief-stricken father.

Her 57-year-old aunt, Lena Triano, had been found raped, tied up and murdered in the quiet Ripley Place home in Westfield where she lived alone. Hill’s father, Joseph Triano, had just returned from the house where he’d identified his sister’s brutalized body.

"He had nightmares for years," Hill said of her now-deceased father. "He hired private detectives. He would have been really gratified to see this day come."

Today, nearly four decades since Triano’s death a judge in juvenile court in Elizabeth convicted 52-year-old Carlton Franklin, whose home abutted Triano’s in 1976, of her murder.

The case lay dormant for decades until Union County Prosecutor’s agent Vinnie Byron and Sgt. Harvey Barnwell reopened the file after uncovering DNA evidence on Triano and at the crime scene which would lead to Franklin.

"He got away with murder for 36 years and finally justice prevailed," Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said after the verdict.

Since Franklin was 15-years-old at the time of the murder the state could not waive him up to adult court because juveniles under the age of 18 could not be tried as adults in 1976.

After a five-day trial before Judge Robert Kirsch, Franklin was convicted of felony murder for killing Triano in the act of rape. He faces up to 20 years in prison under 1976 guidelines when he is sentenced on Jan. 31.

(Excerpt) Read more at nj.com ...


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1 posted on 12/24/2012 4:10:03 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

How come I didn’t even have to look at the pics to know the race of this monster.......


2 posted on 12/24/2012 4:14:35 PM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: RightOnline

I guess white people never never murder people. Have you ever heard of John List? He murdered his entire family in this same town 5 years earlier.


3 posted on 12/24/2012 4:22:06 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

What a terrible way for her to leave this world.. Thank God justice is finally served.


4 posted on 12/24/2012 4:22:55 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (IMPEACH OBAMA)
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To: RightOnline

Funny, I wouldn’t have jumped to that assumption knowing only his name or the facts presented.


5 posted on 12/24/2012 4:25:03 PM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (Gingrich or bust! (5/7/12, I guess it's bust.))
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

According to statistics, black males rape white women at 8 times the rate of the reverse.


6 posted on 12/24/2012 4:27:25 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn

Is that a 1976 statistic?


7 posted on 12/24/2012 4:29:08 PM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (Gingrich or bust! (5/7/12, I guess it's bust.))
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

The rate is probably higher than that now, yes.


8 posted on 12/24/2012 4:42:47 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn

I like your idea of a substantive reply. lol


9 posted on 12/24/2012 4:52:11 PM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (Gingrich or bust! (5/7/12, I guess it's bust.))
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To: Amberdawn

I would guess it is closer to 100 to 1.

The only two instances of White on Black rape I have ever heard of, both turned out to be false accusations.


10 posted on 12/24/2012 4:55:57 PM PST by yarddog (One shot one miss.)
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t give a damn about what the laws were in 1976! This POS raped and murdered a woman and he should be behind bars for the rest of his sorry life.


11 posted on 12/24/2012 7:10:23 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Causing trouble since 1976)
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To: POWERSBOOTHEFAN

The rest of his life should be about 30 days in a just world.


12 posted on 12/24/2012 7:48:43 PM PST by Venturer
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t give a damn about what the laws were in 1976! This POS raped and murdered a woman and he should be behind bars for the rest of his sorry life.


13 posted on 12/24/2012 8:04:21 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Causing trouble since 1976)
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To: Venturer

Yep. This pond scum should be swinging from a rope or executed in some other fashion.

20 years is not nearly enough. I don’t care that he was 15. I don’t care what sentencing guidelines were in 1976. 36 years makes no difference. He knew what he was doing and should have been tried as an adult. Did people have their heads up their behinds in the 70’s?


14 posted on 12/24/2012 9:13:22 PM PST by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (Causing trouble since 1976)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

One can take their pick of time frames. I reads that the rate was 8-1 some years ago, but is much higher now. Either way, you are free to do the research yourself.


15 posted on 12/24/2012 9:17:47 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

One can take their pick of time frames. I read that the rate was 8-1 some years ago, but is much higher now. Either way, you are free to do the research yourself.


16 posted on 12/24/2012 9:18:31 PM PST by Amberdawn
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To: nickcarraway

Carlton Franklin (left), now 51 years old, is charged with the 1976 killing of Lena Triano (right). Both are pictured in their high school yearbooks — Franklin from 1979 and Triano from 1937.

17 posted on 12/24/2012 10:49:00 PM PST by Robert DeLong (u)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

I know; there was a time...most of my life, actually...I would have said the same thing. Call it “conditioning”.


18 posted on 12/25/2012 2:40:26 AM PST by RightOnline (I am Andrew Breitbart!)
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To: Amberdawn

I have no interest or desire to do the research myself. You are the one who made the racist remark and the follow-up guessed statistical assertion. Just because you want to use unsubstantiated statistics doesn’t mean that I have to accept them or that this man could not have been white. His name gives no clue to his race and nor does the story presented.


19 posted on 12/25/2012 5:10:58 AM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (Gingrich or bust! (5/7/12, I guess it's bust.))
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

1)The article was accompanied by a PICTURE or did you not notice.
2)I COULD send you plenty of links, but here at FR, we believe in doing for oneself.
3)Calling someone a racist for pointing out a fact makes me think you have a projection problem.


20 posted on 12/25/2012 5:57:49 AM PST by Amberdawn
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To: Amberdawn; nickcarraway

And perhaps you don’t read so well. Reading the exerpt posted, his race is unknown. Nickcarraway in post 2 admits he didnt go to the link. Also, maybe you haven’t been on FR long enough to know that if you make an assertion here, be prepared to back it up with links with facts. It’s not up to others to prove your “statistics” correct.

Courtesy ping to nickcarraway.


21 posted on 12/25/2012 7:09:12 AM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (Gingrich or bust! (5/7/12, I guess it's bust.))
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To: Amberdawn

According to statistics, black males rape white women at 8 times the rate of the reverse.

The reverse? Only 8 times? I am shocked that so many white women were raping black men in 1976.


22 posted on 12/25/2012 7:19:05 AM PST by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: csmusaret

hehehe


23 posted on 12/25/2012 7:31:53 AM PST by My hearts in London - Everett (Gingrich or bust! (5/7/12, I guess it's bust.))
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To: csmusaret

Oops...


24 posted on 12/25/2012 7:50:49 AM PST by Amberdawn
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

Oh please.


25 posted on 12/25/2012 7:55:24 AM PST by Amberdawn
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To: RightOnline

Yes, there are none so blind as those who will not see.


26 posted on 12/26/2012 12:04:46 AM PST by Amberdawn
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