Prosecutors: Allow then-toddler’s testimony about ‘daddy’ shooting mom
By Janet Lundquist firstname.lastname@example.org March 29, 2013 3:32PM
Updated: May 1, 2013 3:25PM
In the days following her mother’s killing, a toddler offered crucial eyewitness information, authorities said.
Her daddy did it, she told them.
Will County prosecutors say Eric K. Glover, 41, shot Velma Franklin, 29, in the head in the early morning hours of June 17, 2002, as she lay in bed in her home on Third Avenue in Joliet.
Now, more than 10 years later, prosecutors want to be able to use the statements the girl made as a 3-year-old in her father’s murder case.
Franklin’s other children, who were 11 and 7 at the time, were also in the house in the 600 block of Third Avenue when their mother was killed. They found her body about 9 a.m. that day.
In July 2002, little more than a week before her fourth birthday, Franklin’s youngest child was interviewed at the Will County Child Advocacy Center.
During her videotaped interview, the girl pointed to her father as the killer, saying, “My daddy shot her with a gun in the night,” and describing the gun as black and little, court records show.
In February, Glover’s attorney filed a motion asking a judge to prevent prosecutors from using the girl’s statements because there was no hearing held at the time to determine whether the girl was a competent witness.
Glover’s next court date on the murder charge is April 25, and attorneys may argue the motions then.
An emergency order of protection obtained in February 2003 by Franklin’s mother ordered Glover to stay away from the children — and described the killing.
Franklin’s mother wrote that Glover shot Franklin in the head “while she slept in the bed with her (youngest daughter),” court records show.
She said the children were worried about their mother’s safety, that they were afraid of Glover and would be looking over their shoulders in constant fear if Glover was released from jail.
Glover was released from jail in February 2003, after the case against him was dismissed by the state’s attorney’s office. Prosecutors said they dropped the charges temporarily because they needed more time to review the evidence.
In 2003, Glover’s attorney said Glover was not at the house the night of the murder, that he and Franklin had argued and he spent the night on a friend’s couch after she locked him out.
The charges were re-filed in 2012 after State‘s Attorney Jim Glasgow ordered a review of cold cases.
Glover has been in prison since 2011, serving a seven-year sentence at Stateville Correctional Center on an armed habitual criminal charge.