DOUGLASVILLE – One of four teens charged in the beating death of 18 year old Bobby Tillman, has been found guilty. Tracen Franklin is the first of the defendants to stand trial in the bullying case that sparked national outrage. Tillman was stomped to death outside an out of control house party in Douglasville, in November of 20-10. Prosecutors called witness after witness, who testified that they saw Franklin kick and punch Tillman, in what appeared to be an unprovoked attack. And hours after the fight, Franklin was recorded telling officers that he did strike Tillman on that night.
The defense, which opted not to call any witnesses in the trial, tried to convince jurors, that Franklin did not intend to kill Tillman, and to consider a charge of involuntary manslaughter. But in the end, the jury found Franklin guilty of both malice and felony murder, convictions that qualify him for the death penalty.
The sentencing phase in the case begins on Thursday. One other teen, Emmanuel Boykins pleaded guilty in the case earlier this year, and was sentenced to life in prison for his participation in the attack on Tillman. Two others are awaiting trial in the case.