CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Donny Lewis Franklin, wanted in connection to the murder of his girlfriend, had his first appearance in Mecklenburg County court Tuesday morning.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Franklin, 45, denied the charges to first-degree murder.
Police said Franklin is responsible for the death of 35-year-old Jeanine Skinner. Skinner, an assistant professor of gerontology and psychology at UNC-Charlotte, was found dead inside her townhome at the Lofts at Charleston Row on Friday.
Officers were responding to a welfare check about 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 1 when they discovered Skinner's body. CMPD believes it was an act of domestic violence.
Arrest records show that Franklin was booked into the Mecklenburg County Jail just before 9 p.m. Monday on a charge of first-degree murder. He was previously wanted by police and was last seen driving a burgundy Jeep with a tag displaying 0512-KN.
A judge denied Franklin initial bond until his next hearing on Sept. 13. Franklin has worked at Baxter Healthcare for five years and has two children in their 20s.
The death marks Charlotte's 62nd homicide of 2017.