News that former McPherson College football player Alton Franklin was acquitted last week of second-degree murder charges in the death of Tabor College student Brandon Brown last fall leaves a bitter taste of justice undone.
A McPherson County jury could not find conclusive evidence that Franklin struck blows that led to Brown’s death. From this distance, we can’t say the jury was wrong. But their decision leaves us disappointed that Brown’s family apparently will not have the opportunity to experience closure for the murder of their loved one. Franklin has now been acquitted, and co-defendant DeQuinte Flournoy pleaded no contest earlier to aggravated battery. Is that sufficient resolution for the loss of a 26-year-old student who demonstrated potential for a productive and meaningful life?
In this life, not at all. —DR