MAN SENTENCED TO LIFE PLUS FIVE YEARS FOR MURDER OF MARVIN

Fulton County District Attorney, Paul Howard, Jr. today announces a conviction by a Fulton County Superior Court Jury of CLEONDRE FRANKLIN,32, for the September 10, 2015 murder of Marvin Wiley.

On September 10, 2015, CLEONDRE FRANKLIN’S and Marvin Wiley’s daughters were involved in an altercation while riding the school bus to their respective homes. That afternoon, CLEONDRE FRANKLIN’S daughter, (age 8) pulled Marvin Wiley’s daughter’s (age 7) hair and took her tablet away from her on the school bus.

Marvin Wiley’s daughter arrived home from school and immediately told her father about the incident on the school bus with CLEONDRE FRANKLIN’S daughter. Marvin Wiley, infuriated by what he heard, drove to the FRANKLINS’ residence near the 2800 block of Hayden Drive in Atlanta. He was accompanied by his brother Parnell Hawkins as well as his daughter. Upon arrival, the three of them were met in the front yard by Alimah Gray-Franklin, CLEONDRE FRANKLIN’S wife. Marvin Wiley and Hawkins started an argument with Alimah Gray-Franklin.  During the confrontation, Wiley’s daughter returned to the car as her father Marvin Wiley pointed a gun at Alimah Gray-Franklin.  Mrs. Gray-Franklin then ran inside the house to call her husband CLEONDRE FRANKLIN to inform him about the incident. She called 911only after speaking to CLEONDRE FRANKLIN.

While Mrs. Gray-Franklin made the calls, Marvin Wiley left the FRANKLIN residence and dropped his daughter and Parnell Hawkins off at his mother’s residence. Wiley then decided to take a drive to the store. During that time, CLEONDRE FRANKLIN drove home and obtained a description of Marvin Wiley’s car from his wife. FRANKLIN located Marvin Wiley, shot him as he was driving and then fled the scene.

Wiley’s daughter and his brother Parnell Hawkins heard gunshots in the vicinity. After hearing gunshots, Hawkins walked less than a quarter of a mile from his mother’s house to the intersection of Connally Drive and Haden Lane. There he found his brother Marvin Wiley with a gunshot wound to the head in his car which veered off of the road into a fence. Hawkins called 911 to report the shooting around 3:00 p.m. that day. He also reported seeing a silver Chevrolet Impala drive past him at a high rate of speed. Witnesses confirmed CLEONDRE FRANKLIN as the driver of that vehicle.

Atlanta Police responded to the incident, and Marvin Wiley was transported to the hospital where he died later that same day.  CLEONDRE FRANKLIN was located six weeks later in Rome, GA.   FRANKLIN claimed he shot Marvin Wiley in self-defense, but the jury saw it as an act of revenge. FRANKLIN also confessed to his wife Alimah Gray-Franklin that he shot and killed Marvin Wiley.

On November 7, 2017, CLEONDRE FRANKLIN was sentenced to life in prison after conviction of the following charges:

  • Malice Murder
  • Felony Murder
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

Fulton County Superior Court Judge, Paige Reese Whitaker presided over the case. It was prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney, Brett Pinion with assistance from Assistant District Attorney, Alexis Moore and  Investigator, Bernice Higgins of the Fulton County District Attorney’s Investigations Unit. Detective Calvin Thomas of the Atlanta Police Department led the initial investigation.