A man was charged Monday in relation to a Detroit double homicide at a foreclosed home in the city’s Rosedale Park district.
Alonzo Long Jr., 22, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of discharge in a building and one count of felony firearm in the lethal shootings of Howard Franklin, 72, and his daughter Catherine J. Franklin, 37.
He was arraigned on Monday and remanded to jail without bail.
Authorities state Long shot the victims around 7:30pm on Friday, November 28 at a home owned by Howard Franklin. Long fled the scene and was later apprehended by Detroit Police.
Long allegedly did not live at the home but was helping relatives move out. His relatives had previously agreed to move, but an argument broke out when the Franklins arrived at the property.
Police allege Long and other men were removing fixtures from the residence when Howard Franklin confronted them.
Franklin and his daughter obtained a court order to evict the occupants after the home was sold in October at a tax auction; he purchased the house for $36,000 in taxes and fees.
Franklin had allowed the residents to stay in the home until they found another place to stay, or until the eviction process was complete.
Long and the Franklins were all legally permitted to carry guns, according to authorities. They would not, however, confirm if there was an exchange of gunfire.
A woman called police Friday afternoon for assistance in carrying out a court-ordered eviction, according to Detroit Sgt. Michael Woody. When police came, the occupant agreed to leave, but stated he needed to obtain a truck to move his property.
Detroit dispatch received several more calls from the woman after she noticed man removing the house’s fixtures. According to Woody, area police were unable to respond as they were attending to higher priority calls.
“I hope some good can come out of this terrible incident,” said Pam Weinstein, of the Rosedale Park Improvement Association.
“There’s a gap in resources available to make sure there’s an orderly and peaceful transfer of properties that are sold in these auctions. Because right now it’s clearly not being managed well.”