5th suspect arrested and charged in Hattiesburg police killings

Bond set for 5th suspect connected to Hattiesburg police killings (Image 1)

HATTIESBURG, MS – According to MBI, Abram Wade “Pete” Franklin, 29, of 507 North 38th Avenue in Hattiesburg has been charged in the murders of 2 Hattiesburg police officers.

He is being charged with obstruction of justice. Information found during the investigation into the shooting deaths of Hattiesburg police officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate, led to the arrest. Franklin is being held in the Forrest County Jail.

According to Warren Strain with MBI, Franklin is not one of the individuals from the surveillance video at the Northgate Inn who were initially wanted in connection to the murders. Investigators with MBI interviewed the 2 suspects from the video footage, but they have not been charged. The investigation is continuing.

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