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Huntsville Police Department Investigates Murder of Local Resident

The Huntsville Police Department is investigating a shooting which has resulted in the death of Timeshia Roshandra Franklin, 34.

On December 6, 2015, officers with the Huntsville Police Department responded to the 200 block of US 190 East in reference to a shooting. On scene, officers discovered the shooting victim, Franklin, with a gunshot wound to her upper torso. Despite lifesaving efforts by personnel with the Huntsville/Walker County EMS, Franklin was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officer Keith Sarraf’s quick response led to the detention and eventual arrest of Earnest Utley, 63, for murder.

Detectives with the Huntsville Police Department learned that an altercation had occurred between the victim and the suspect, which led to the shooting.

HPD Chief Kevin Lunsford said, “Due to the quick response of our patrol officers, the suspect was apprehended while still at the scene and the murder weapon was recovered. HPD Detectives were able to process the scene and interview witnesses as well as the suspect bringing this case to a swift conclusion.”

Chief Kevin Lunsford thanked the Walker County District Attorney’s Office, Texas Rangers, and the Sam Houston State University Police Department for their assistance in this case. Chief Lunsford praised the community for their continued help.

Chief Lunsford encourages anyone with information on the shooting to contact the Huntsville Police Department at (936) 291-5480 or (936) 435-8001.

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