Grand jury hears Terrance Franklin case Thursday

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A Hennepin County Grand Jury will hear testimony Thursday in the officer-involved shooting death of 22-year-old Terrance Franklin in Minneapolis four months ago, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

The closed-door hearing will determine whether Minneapolis police officers involved in the incident should face criminal charges.

Police have maintained that Franklin, a burglary suspect, fled a traffic stop and broke into an Uptown home on May 10. During a struggle with SWAT officers and a police dog in the basement, Franklin reached for an officer's firearm, according to investigators.

Franklin was shot and killed and two officers were wounded.

Very few details of the investigation have been released, but sources said last month that Franklin's DNA was found on the trigger of the officer's submachine gun.

Franklin's family, who has repeatedly called for an independent investigation, isn't buying the police department's account of what happened.

Michael Padden, an attorney representing the family, said the DNA on the trigger was planted as part of efforts by police to cover their tracks in a botched confrontation.

FOX 9 reported Franklin was shot in the back of the head five times and in the back twice.

"We believe the evidence, when all the evidence is on the table, is going to show this young man was wrongfully killed," Padden told MPR.

Grand jurors typically reach their decisions in a few minutes, MPR said. If testimony isn't completed by the end of the day, the grand jury will reconvene next Thursday.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said once the grand jury makes its decision, more information will become public.

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