Man Remembers Carrying Teacher's Body - Palm Springs News, Weather, Traffic, Breaking News

Man Remembers Carrying Teacher's Body

Posted: Updated:
Palm Desert, CA -

The man accused of murdering a Palm Desert teacher claims he doesn't remember most of the night she was killed, but says he does remember putting her lifeless body in her car. 

Michael Franco is accused of murdering his girlfriend, Jill Thomas Grant, in December 2013. 

She was a popular math teacher at Palm Desert High School.

Franco took the stand Wednesday. 
He described a history of drug abuse and arrests including an armed robbery and pepper spraying a former boss. 

Franco claimed that Grant gave him methamphetamine for the purpose of sex the night of her murder. 
The prosecution fired back that Grant tried to encourage Franco to be sober and was even drug testing him. 

The defense brought up memory problems from a motorcycle crash, while the prosecution questioned that. 

Franco appeared emotional several times, describing Grant as his best friend. 
They had dated for about a year when he said a fight started December 22nd. 
Franco said in the course of the night he injected more meth than he ever had, so that most of the night is fuzzy. 

Jill's body was found along a golf course the following day in Indio. 
Franco was arrested a couple days later. 

He made two attempts to kill himself in jail. 
Once in 2013, once in 2014. 

Attorneys for both the prosecution and defense said they could not speak with us until the trial is over. 
The case is expected to wrap up in about a week, and then the jury will decide Franco's fate. 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man Who Killed Officers in 2014: 'I Wish I Had Killed More'

    Man Who Killed Officers in 2014: 'I Wish I Had Killed More'

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 2:15 PM EST2018-01-17 19:15:51 GMT
    A defense attorney admitted Tuesday that his client killed two Northern California sheriff's deputies in a daylong rampage, fighting to spare him from the death penalty despite his profane outbursts in court. Defense lawyer Jeffrey Barbour told jurors that Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes shot Sacramento sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver outside a Sacramento motel in October 2014 and later killed Placer County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Davis Jr. in Auburn, 30 miles away. "He shot the...
    A defense attorney admitted Tuesday that his client killed two Northern California sheriff's deputies in a daylong rampage, fighting to spare him from the death penalty despite his profane outbursts in court. Defense lawyer Jeffrey Barbour told jurors that Luis Enrique Monroy Bracamontes shot Sacramento sheriff's Deputy Danny Oliver outside a Sacramento motel in October 2014 and later killed Placer County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Davis Jr. in Auburn, 30 miles away. "He shot the...
  • California officials concerned about possible ICE sweeps

    California officials concerned about possible ICE sweeps

    California's attorney general says he is concerned about open-ended immigration sweeps as he says the Trump administration should be concentrating on deporting dangerous felons.
    California's attorney general says he is concerned about open-ended immigration sweeps as he says the Trump administration should be concentrating on deporting dangerous felons.
  • Perris

    Detectives Scour Turpin Property, Buttoning up Investigation for Prosecutors

    Detectives Scour Turpin Property, Buttoning up Investigation for Prosecutors

    Wednesday, January 17 2018 5:17 PM EST2018-01-17 22:17:57 GMT

    A Perris couple suspected of forcibly keeping a dozen of their children, some of them adults, in squalid conditions and with several shackled to their beds were behind bars Monday. David Allen Turpin, 56, and his wife, 49-year-old Louise Ann Turpin, were arrested Sunday on suspicion of committing multiple acts of torture and child abuse. Both are being held in lieu of $9 million bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. According to Riverside County sheriff's officia...

    A Perris couple suspected of forcibly keeping a dozen of their children, some of them adults, in squalid conditions and with several shackled to their beds were behind bars Monday. David Allen Turpin, 56, and his wife, 49-year-old Louise Ann Turpin, were arrested Sunday on suspicion of committing multiple acts of torture and child abuse. Both are being held in lieu of $9 million bail at the Robert Presley Detention Center in Riverside. According to Riverside County sheriff's officia...

Powered by Frankly