According to NBC Philadelphia, Franklin didn’t realize she’d killed Brewster until later in the day; when she was arraigned that night, she reportedly told the judge, “You got to check again!” when she was informed of her fiance’s death.
Franklin’s defense attorney, John Waldron, claimed that Brewster had attacked Franklin that morning and threatened to leave with the couple’s 9-month-old son. Waldron had sought reduced charges of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors argued, successfully, that the child was never in danger.
The gruesome scene was discovered by the pastor who was to marry the couple that morning. Throughout the day, wedding guests in suits and dresses reportedly showed up at Franklin’s home.
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