Franklin was arrested in April 2012 after 36-year-old cold case was re-opened.
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Thursday, December 20, 2012
Earlier today a 52-year-old man was found guilty of the murder of a Westfield woman, Lena Triano, in 1976, announced Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow. Because of the nature of the crime and facts that existed at the time of the crimes, the case was presented in Union County Juvenile Court. Carlton Franklin was arrested in April 2012 after the cold case unit of the Union County Homicide Task Force reopened the 1976 homicide of Triano. Agent Vinnie Byron and Sgt. Harvey Barnwell of the Homicide Task Force uncovered forensic evidence that could be tested with modern investigative techniques. That led investigators to Franklin, who was arrested quickly after the Prosecutor's Office Forensic Laboratory identified him as a suspect, …
Carlton Franklin identified as suspect in the murder of Triano, who lived at 616 Ripley Place.
When the Westfield Police Department and the Union County Prosecutor's Office announced the arrest of the suspect in the horrific murder of Lena Triano, the officials said that, because the suspect was a minor when he allegedly committed the homicide, he couldn't be identified. He would be tried as a minor and would be treated as a minor. Overnight, however, a source close to the investigation told The Star-Ledger that the then-teenager who committed the crime is named Carlton Franklin, a man who eventually served a 20-year sentence for home-invasion robbery of a family. Franklin, who was released from prison in 1999, was arrested Monday at the oil company where he drove a truck. He was arrested without incident. As Patch learns more …