Trial to start for man in slayings of 2 during eviction

Associated Press

Detroit — A man is scheduled to face trial in the shooting deaths of a Detroit homeowner and his adult daughter during an eviction.

Twenty-two-year-old Alonzo Long Jr. in charged the slayings of 72-year-old Howard Franklin and 37-year-old Catherine Franklin.

He’s due in Wayne County Circuit Court for trial starting on Monday.

Shots were fired Nov. 28 during a dispute over the removal of fixtures at a house Howard Franklin had acquired at a tax foreclosure sale. He had allowed people to stay in the house. The shooting occurred when he showed up with an eviction order.

Long was described as a nephew of the home’s occupant. He is charged with first-degree murder and other crimes.