OKLAHOMA CITY - The trial of Tulsa dentist, Bert Franklin, got underway in an Oklahoma County courtroom Monday.
Franklin is a married man with four children but was having an affair with a metro woman.
He is accused of killing her 19 month old son, Lincoln Lewis, in July of 2016.
He is also facing another charge of solicitation of murder because prosecutors say he tried to hire someone while he was in the Oklahoma County jail to murder the toddler’s mother, Roxanne Randall.
He is being tried on both charges in the same trial.
During opening arguments Monday morning, prosecutors referred to Franklin as a “master manipulator.”
They told jurors that a doctor described the fracture on Lewis’ skull as “the worst he’s ever seen” and that it had to be the result of something intentional, not accidental.
The state alleges Franklin slammed Lewis to the ground and kicked him.
They say his motive was jealousy; that he had come to Oklahoma City to have a romantic weekend with Randall, not expecting the toddler to be around.
The state also claims Franklin was jealous because Randall had recently spent time with Lewis’ biological dad.
The defense told jurors they will hear from a doctor who will say it’s impossible to determine if Lincoln’s injury was the result of abuse.
Franklin’s attorney claimed Lewis had at least two different falls in the week leading up to his death.
And they also deny that Franklin was trying to have Randall killed.
They claim he’s been the victim of extortion at the jail and that any actions he’s taken have been simply to survive.
Randall is expected to take the stand first thing Tuesday morning.
“Well I’ll tell you what we’re going to see tomorrow. You’re going to see a master manipulator tomorrow because Roxanne Randall’s going to take the stand and we’ll see what happens there,” said Franklin’s defense attorney, Scott Adams.
The trial is expected to last two weeks.