Bond Denied For Tulsa Dentist Accused Of Killing OKC Child


Wednesday, August 17th 2016, 9:42 am
By: News On 6


An Oklahoma County judge has denied bond for a Tulsa dentist arrested in the death of an Oklahoma City child.

Bert Franklin appeared Wednesday morning for his bond hearing.  He is charged with first-degree murder in connection to the death of 19-month-old Lincoln Lewis. He is being held at the Oklahoma County Jail without bond. 

At the end of the hearing, the judge denied bond for Franklin, saying he's a danger to the community. 

Tuesday, Franklin was charged with fraud after a patient let him put $15,000 on her credit card for new equipment, but he allegedly charged her $80,000.

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In the courtroom Wednesday, were members of Bert Franklin's family and Roxanne Randall, the mother of the baby Franklin is accused of killing and who detectives identify as Bert Franklin's girlfriend. 

Court records show Franklin is married and has four children of his own.

State prosecutors objected to the request for bond stating, they believe Franklin is a flight risk.  Prosecutors said his business is crumbling and claim Franklin also made death threats to the victim's mother.

During Wednesday's hearing, a police detective took the stand describing the injuries to Lincoln and that doctors said those injuries did not appear to be accidental.

Prosecutors showed a surveillance video taken from inside the home. In it, Franklin can be seen walking around, getting pizza, getting a bottle, and detective said she then sees Franklin making a violent kicking motion in the vicinity where baby Lincoln was reportedly lying. A column in the house is obstructing the view of where the child was.

Roxanne Randall, her family and friends started crying out loud as prosecutors continued to go over the video and question the detective about what was happening.

Prosecutors also stated Randall filed a protective order against Franklin on July 28, after the death of her son.