UNC Charlotte professor killed, boyfriend arrested

UNC Charlotte professor killed, boyfriend arrested”

The man accused of killing a UNC Charlotte professor last week in south Charlotte's Ayrsley community has been arrested, according to Charlotte Mecklenburg Police.

Court records in North Carolina and Virginia show Franklin has a history of assault arrests dating back to 1996. 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.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said Franklin, 45, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

It was gathered that Franklin who was last seen driving a burgundy Jeep with the license plate number 0512KN, considered armed, unsafe and may be suicidal pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of assault on a female in September 2003.

Police said Franklin is responsible for the death of 35-year-old Jeanine Skinner.

The suspect, Donny Lewis Franklin, was described by CMPD as armed and unsafe and potentially suicidal.

"Dr. Skinner joined our faculty two years ago and was known as a well-regarded and dedicated teacher and mentor who fostered an inclusive and open classroom learning environment". Prior to working at UNCC, Skinner was an adjunct faculty member in psychology at Belmont University and Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., a UNCC spokeswoman said.

Skinner was also involved in research at a local senior center to improve cognitive function in aging adults.

Friends and colleagues at the University said Skinner kept her private life quiet and they were not aware of her connection to Franklin.

Friends posting to Skinner's Facebook page expressed shock and sadness. CMPD believes it was an act of domestic violence.

Anyone in the Charlotte area who is dealing with an abusive relationship can call the Safe Alliance domestic violence hotline at 704-332-2315 or call 911 in an emergency. Visit the Safe Alliance website here.

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