Body identified as Nailah Franklin

Body identified as Nailah Franklin

There are 2666 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Sep 28, 2007, titled Body identified as Nailah Franklin. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Dental records today identified the badly decomposed body of a woman found early Thursday in south suburban Calumet City as Nailah Franklin, the 28-year-old pharmaceutical representative reported missing more ...

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Borås, Sweden

#2745 Aug 21, 2013
Vengeance is mine saith the Lord.

Rest In Peace sweet angel N.O.F. 4-12-79 to 9-18-07
Houston Co-Worker


#2746 Apr 25, 2014
Wow! I am surprised that this thread is still here. In
September, it will be seven years since Nailah was murdered and still there is no resolution to the case. Thankful the Potts has remained caged. Apparently others no longer come to this thread as the last update was in August, 2013. I will check back again at some point.

Country Club Hills, IL

#2747 Jun 30, 2014
Any updates??

Atlanta, GA

#2748 Oct 2, 2014
This is a very sad case and my heart goes out to the families involved. I was following the case but haven't heard any updates. Please keep me posted.
ol boy

Chicago, IL

#2749 Oct 18, 2014
Update from cbs local:

Looks like Potts is still causing delays with the trial!

" Seven years after the high-profile murder of young Chicago woman, the family is still waiting for justice.
Most murder defendants go to trial in one to two years, but there is no date yet and none on the horizon.
Dorothy Tucker reports.
Private home movies, never before public, of Nailah Franklin highlight the bubbly personality of a young woman, who was brutally murdered.
“It’s been very hard, day to day. It’s like she was snatched right from out of our lives,” Ashley Chappell Rice, the victim’s sister.
Franklin, 28, disappeared from her West Loop apartment on Sept. 19, 2007.
Family and friends waged a massive campaign in search of the 28-year-old pharmaceutical saleswoman. But nine days after she went missing, her naked, badly decomposed body was found in Calumet City.
In the last Seven years, there have been weddings, graduations, births and the death of Nailah’s father.
“He died of broken heart because his best friend was taken away. He just never got over it,” another sister, Lehia Franklin-Acox, says.
Reginald Potts, Franklin’s former boyfriend, was arrested just three months after her disappearance.
He still sits in the Cook County Jail. He’s had nearly 100 court appearances — but no trial.
CBS 2 Legal Analyst Irv Miller, a former prosecutor, says that is not typical of a criminal case.
“You have a defendant who has created a perfect storm of delays,” Miller says.“He has hired and fired multiple attorneys. He has decided on a couple of occasions he wanted to represent himself.”
Miller says it’s up to the judge to decide how many delays there will be. He said the judge and prosecutors probably want to be cautious so that whatever court action occurs will be sustained.
But all the delays, all the waiting just causes pain for a family that wants justice.
“It won’t bring Nailah back. It won’t erase the last seven years, but it is a closure,” Franklin-Acox says.
Last month, the defendant created another delay. He asked for a public defender. Now that lawyer must take the time to review the case and that could take another few months."
ol boy

Chicago, IL

#2750 Nov 11, 2015
Potts Found Guilty!
COOK COUNTY CRIMINAL COURTHOUSE — A Cook County found Reginald Potts guilty of murdering Nailah Franklin on Tuesday evening.
Potts, 38, is charged with killing Franklin, a 28-year-old pharmaceutical rep, in September 2007. The pair had briefly dated, and prosecutors claim Potts stalked, threatened and harassed Franklin in the weeks prior to her disappearance and death.
During closing remarks Tuesday morning, Assistant State's Attorney Mark Shlifka alleged Potts left Franklin a voicemail on Sept. 7, 2007, threatening, "I will erase your a--. You will disappear."
Franklin was last seen alive on Sept. 18, 2007, standing with Potts inside her University Village condo building, according to court testimony. She was reported missing on Sept. 19, and her body was found dumped in a wooded area behind Potts' brother-in-law's video store in suburban Calumet City on Sept. 27, 2007.

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