Dad at center of Raleigh murder plot abused family, daughter says

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A 19-year-old Raleigh woman said she was abused by her father for years, a revelation that came shortly after her mother and brother were in court to face charges of conspiring to murder him.


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Tammy Franklin, 47, and Steven Franklin, 23, both of Raleigh, are accused of conspiring to murder Donald Franklin.

Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said Donald Franklin called authorities Oct. 31 and said he had been assaulted by Steven Franklin at the family’s home at 6825 Greywalls Lane.

An investigation into the Oct. 31 assault lead authorities to look at other incidents dating back to May 30. That investigation led to the arrests of Tammy and Steven Franklin, Harrison said.

Donald Franklin has since moved out of the Greywalls Lane residence to an unknown location.

Tammy and Donald’s daughter, Savannah, 19, said her father abused her, along with Tammy and Steven, for years.

“My dad was real abusive to me, my brother and my mom,” Savannah Franklin said. “Domestic violence abuse as in verbal, physical and sexual abuse.”

When asked if that abuse was directed towards her, she said, “yes.”

Savannah Franklin went on to say she had no idea where her father is and she had to file a restraining order against him Monday.

She said her parents have been married for 27 years but Tammy Franklin was going to leave her husband due to the abuse.

A Wake County court clerk said Donald Franklin filed a restraining order against his wife and son Monday morning.

Four hours later, Savannah Franklin came to the Wake County courthouse with her grandparents to file a restraining order against Donald Franklin.

They were both granted emergency restraining orders.

Warrants show Tammy Franklin helped Steven Franklin escape authorities following the Oct. 31 call by hiding him at her parents’ home in Haywood County.

A WNCN crew spotted a Wake County Sheriff’s Office vehicle in front of 6825 Greywalls Lane in Raleigh Tuesday afternoon.

Harrison said the home is considered a crime scene and is being preserved for the district attorney and investigators.

Tammy Franklin was given a $1.25 million bond. Steven Franklin was given a $1 million bond.

If either post bond, they will be held under house arrest with electronic monitoring.

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