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Accused Indianhead Acres Shooter to Face Judge

By: Mike Springer Email
By: Mike Springer Email

Tallahassee, Florida-A Tallahassee man accused of gunning down two people, killing one of them, is set to face a judge.

Twenty-year-old Joshua Franklin will be arraigned November 13. Franklin is accused of shooting Latonya Askew and her boyfriend Robert Simmons-Goodwin, killing Goodwin.

Goodwin and Askew had gone to Franklin's Indianhead Acres home to pick up a friend who claimed Franklin was beating her.

Franklin is charged with one count of second degree murder, two counts of first-degree premeditated murder and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Franklin was originally charged with first-degree murder. That charge was downgraded Tuesday to second-degree murder.

A spokeswoman for the state attorney's office says the charge may be changed back to first-degree murder later depending on the Grand Jury and its findings.

Franklin is represented by attorney Steve Been. Been says the case is in the early stages and there is a lot still to learn about it.

Franklin is being held at the Leon County Jail without bond.

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Tallahassee, Florida-The man suspected of pulling the trigger in Tallahassee's 11th homicide this year is now behind bars.

News of the deadly shooting has those who live in the area still shaken up.

Residents of Tallahassee's Indianhead Acres neighborhood on the City's southeast side say it's typically a quiet, peaceful place.

But Thursday evening, it became a crime scene.

Tallahassee Police closed of a portion of Wekewa Nene for several hours, combing for evidence in a double-shooting that left one man dead.

"Any tragedy like this is a little shocking and unnerving," says one man who lives in the area.

Twenty-year-old Joshua Franklin, a convicted felon, now sits behind bars, charged with the shooting.

Police say Franklin shot Latonya Askew and her boyfriend Robert Simmons-Goodwin.

The two had gone to Franklin's house to pickup a friend, Tamisha Berger who claimed Franklin was hitting her.

When they arrived at the home, Askew says Franklin started walking towards them, pulled out his handgun and opened fire.

Askew was hit twice. Her boyfriend was also hit. Both were rushed to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare, where Goodwin-Simmons would later be pronounced dead. Askew is expected to survive.

Franklin fled and was later picked up by police. He's facing several charges including murder and two counts of attempted homicide.

Franklin is being held at the Leon County Jail without bond.

Court records show Franklin was on probation of armed robbery at the time of the shooting.

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Tallahassee, FL - A shooting on Tallahassee's southeast side turned deadly last night. It's the city's 11th homicide this year. Now, less than 24 hours after it all happened, the alleged shooter is behind bars.

WCTV spoke to a neighbor last night who's lived in the Indian head Acres neighborhood for forty years. He says this is a quiet neighborhood, a family neighborhood and things like last night's deadly shooting just don't happen here.

Joshua Franklin, who lived in Wekewa Nene has been arrested for the crime and is facing several charges including homicide.

Police say Franklin shot Latonya Askew and her boyfriend Robert Simmons-Goodwin. Killing Simmons and injuring Askew.

They had come here to pick up their friend and Franklin's girlfriend, Tamisha Berger. According to police, Berger asked Askew to pick her up after Franklin hit her.

When they arrived to pick her up, that's when police say Franklin shot at them.

Franklin was picked up by police shortly after. He's being held without bond at the Leon County jail.

WCTV will have much more on this story coming up later tonight on Eyewitness News.


Tallahassee, FL - 10:05 am - Tallahassee Police have made an arrest in last night's double-shooting.

A police spokesman says TPD has a person in custody, connected with last night's shooting in the Indianhead Acres neighborhood.

Two people were shot there near the 1400 block of Wekewa Nene around 6 p.m.

Their conditions and names are still unknown at this time.

WCTV will update you as more details become available.


Tallahassee, FL - October 11, 2012 - Two people were shot in a Southeast Tallahassee neighborhood Thursday evening.

Tallahassee Police are releasing few details on the crime.

The shooting happened in the 1400 block of Wekewa Nene around 5:55 p.m.

Police blocked off a portion of the road for several hours while they investigated.

Both victims were taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Police are not releasing the names or conditions of the victims.

Police believe the two were target. Police would not say what evidence led them to that conclusion.

"We would say to the residents in this area, to take the normal procedures that they would always take to make sure they are safe, make sure your doors are locked, make sure your windows are locked, your car doors are locked. That's for anyone in the city of Tallahassee. Not particularly this neighborhood in any way, shape or form. But again, we have no reason to believe this is a random act of violence," says Officer David Northway of the Tallahassee Police Department.

Police are still looking for the shooter. But could not provide a description of one at this time.

Neighbors described the area as quiet.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Tallahassee Police Department.


Tallahassee, FL - October 11, 2012 - There has been a shooting at Wekewa Nene and Indianhead Drive in SE Tallahassee.

We have a reporter on the scene, and will bring details as they emerge.


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