A New York man faces up to life in prison for allegedly avenging the murder of a woman killed in 2020, prosecutors said.
On Sept. 17, 2020, Shadetta Franklin, 29, was shot in the head just after 7 p.m. and found in the road near a Syracuse liquor store, Syracuse.com reported.
Franklin died way at an area hospital two days after the shooting.
According to the outlet, the following day, Sept. 20, Tyree Lawson was shot dead on the porch of a residence two blocks from where Franklin died. At the time, family said they believed Lawson, who was watching his younger cousins when he was killed, was targeted in a case of “mistaken identity.”
At a Jan. 25 court hearing, prosecutor Maureen Barry claimed Mysean Griswold, 21, murdered 30-year-old Lawson in a “planned out action” as retaliation for Franklin’s death — allegations Griswold's defense lawyer denied.
The day Franklin died, Griswold allegedly shot another man who survived, according to Syracuse.com.
Two other defendants are also accused of playing a lesser role in the alleged retaliation plot.
On Sept. 29, 2020, Anthony Sutton Jr., 22, was arrested and charged with Franklin’s murder.