Victim’s mother testifies in Tulsa dentist murder trial

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OKLAHOMA CITY - An emotional Roxanne Randall testified for most of the day in the murder trial of Tulsa dentist, Bert Franklin.

Franklin is accused of killing Randall’s 19 month old son, Lincoln Lewis, in July of 2016.

Franklin is married with four children but was having an affair with Randall who lives in Oklahoma City.

He had come to see her that weekend in July.

Randall testified that she was upstairs and Franklin was downstairs with Lewis when she heard a noise.

“It was loud, a loud noise, a loud thud,” Randall testified in court.

She says Franklin told her he had thrown a ball to the dog and it wasn’t until the middle of the night that Randall noticed something was wrong.

She said she woke up and thought Lincoln was coughing.

He was having trouble breathing and was unresponsive.

She and Franklin rushed Lewis to the ER at Mercy Hospital where doctors told her he had a severe skull fracture and that it had to be the result of something intentional.

The ER doctor testified today that it was the worst skull fracture he’s ever seen.

Lewis died 2 days later and Franklin was arrested for the crime.

The defense said in opening arguments on Monday that they will call to the stand a pediatric neurologist who will testify that it’s impossible to say for certain that Lewis’ injury was the result of abuse.

They have also talked about a couple different accidental falls Lewis had in the week leading up to his death.

“He’s innocent of these charges, he’s always said he’s innocent of these charges. I believe him and I think we’ll get to the jury and they will prove to everyone he’s innocent,” said defense attorney, Scott Adams.

Randall is expected to take the stand again on Thursday.

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