Prosecutors Say A Failed Business Venture Drove Ronald Franklin To Murder Tyler Bernicky, Son Of A Chicago Firefighter – CBS Chicago
At the Leighton Criminal Courthouse Friday defendant Ronald Franklin, 34, often looked back and friends and family members as the hearing went on.
He is accused of murder and arson.
Prosecutors said Franklin has a history including drug and gun charges, but it’s his business history that sparked the accusations.
Investigators said back in June the 34-year-old was in the process of ending his business ownership of FX Auto Spa when prosecutors say he was selling off some of his equipment.
Investigators believe the victim took $2,200 from a sale and did not give it to Franklin.
Sources say the victim was fatally stabbed. Then his car was set on fire. Tyler Bernicky, 25, the son of a Chicago firefighter, was lying on the ground with several stab wounds to the chest and legs and back and was pronounced dead on the scene.
Franklin’s family and attorney would not comment Friday.
A judge ruled Franklin would receive no bond.