ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jurors on Friday convicted a man of murder and other charges in the slaying last year of a University of Michigan medical student who was attending the school on an Air Force scholarship.
Dajeon Franklin, 22, had no reaction when the verdict was read. In addition to finding him guilty of murder in Paul DeWolf's death, the Washtenaw County jury convicted him of three home invasion charges and a gun charge, The Ann Arbor News reported (http://bit.ly/1stvgH4 ).
Franklin's friends and family members left the courtroom in tears, while DeWolf's supporters celebrated with hugs.
According to prosecutors, Franklin and two friends, 20-year-old Joei Jordan, and 21-year-old Shaquille Jones, broke into the Phi Rho Sigma medical fraternity where DeWolf lived, and stumbled upon DeWolf sleeping in his basement bedroom.
DeWolf and Franklin struggled, and the gun Franklin was holding went off, striking DeWolf in the neck, prosecutors said. DeWolf's body was found at the fraternity house on July 24, 2013, after he failed to show up for work at a hospital.
Walter White, Franklin's lawyer, questioned the evidence presented against his client, asking during his closing argument: "What evidence do we have that Dajeon Franklin was even there and even part of this?"
Franklin will be sentenced Nov. 19. Jordan and Jones are scheduled to stand trial early next year.
DeWolf, 25, was from the southwestern Michigan community of Schoolcraft and a graduate of Grand Valley State University. He was a reservist second lieutenant and had planned to join the Air Force full time after graduation.
Information from: The Ann Arbor News, http://www.mlive.com/ann-arbor