Man accused of killing Zachary reserve officer withdraws bond reduction request

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Zachary Police Chief David McDavid and many other first responders attended a Wednesday morning court hearing for Albert Franklin, the man who allegedly murdered reserve police officer Chris Lawton in March.

They were all elated afterward.

Franklin withdrew his request for a bond reduction on previous charges, ensuring that he will remain in jail. Franklin was already being held without bond for a first-degree murder charge in connection with Lawton's death.

"We're going to be here, the men and women of Zachary Fire [Department] and [Zachary] Police [Department] will be here all the time," said McDavid. "They want to see justice happen and that's why we'll be here."

Franklin also pleaded not guilty to charges of felon in possession of a firearm and assault with a firearm.

He was accused of hitting his girlfriend in the face with a gun, an incident that allegedly happened days before Lawton died.

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According to investigators, Lawton and another officer were trying to arrest Franklin on March 12 when he allegedly ran over Lawton with a U-Haul truck.

Franklin was already out on bond for charges dating back to September and November of 2017.

In one of those arrests, a 9News Investigation revealed that Judge Trudy White reduced Franklin's bail from $88,000 to $9,000.

The bond reduction was harshly criticized by McDavid, following the death of his officer.

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