Patient Walks Out of Fla. Hospital and Allegedly Kills Woman, Breaks into Her Home
Approximately five hours later, a neighbor called 911 and reported seeing Franklin hiding in the backyard of another home. When authorities picked him up, he was wearing only a T-shirt and boxer shorts. He was wet and told officers that he had gone swimming in a nearby lake. An officer noted that he had a cut on his hand.
Franklin allegedly claimed he didn’t remember anything that had happened the previous night, but agreed that "anything is possible" when referring to Hartigan's killing.
In a Monday afternoon press conference, Orlando Police Sgt. William Cail told reporters that the killing seemed to be random.
"We have not been able to establish any connection between the victim and the suspect,” Cail said, adding that Franklin had not been able to explain how he chose Hartigan's home.
PEOPLE confirms that Franklin is being held without bond. He has not yet entered a plea, and court records do not identify an attorney authorized to speak on his behalf.
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