Albert Franklin (Source: East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
The man accused of killing a Zachary reserve officer has pleaded not guilty. A motions hearing is now scheduled for September 27.
Albert Franklin allegedly murdered reserve police officer, Christopher Lawton, in March.
Franklin previously withdrew his request for a bond reduction on previous charges, ensuring he will remain in jail. Franklin was already being held without bond for a first degree murder charge in connection with Lawton's death.
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.
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 Judge Trudy White reduced Franklin’s bail from $88,000 to $9,000.