Prosecutor says 'Manchester by the Sea' inspired duo to kill son

Prosecutor says 'Manchester by the Sea' inspired duo to kill son

McBride said Heather Franklin, who is pregnant with the couple's child, "inexplicably left the house" and drove around until a fire intentionally set by her husband, engulfed their home with Jeffrey's body inside.

However, an autopsy report determined that the boy had already been dead at the time of the fire, Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride said during a bail hearing last week. (Chenango County Sheriff's Department/WBNG News via AP) This undated photo provided by the Chenango County Sherriffs Office shows Ernest Franklin.

"Within two hours of that movie playing to this defendant and her husband, Jeffrey's deceased", McBride said.

An investigation after the fire revealed that Jeffrey, a special needs child who was deaf, did not have smoke or soot in his mouth, trachea or bronchi - which would have been present if he had died as a result of the fire, according to court records. Ernest Franklin II and his wife Heather Franklin are facing 25 years to life in prison for the death of their son, Jeffery Franklin, who died in February. Due to the severity of Jeffery Franklin's burns, the coroner was unable to determine his actual cause of death.

The Guardian reports that Ernest and Heather Franklin have been charged with second-degree murder, arson and tampering with physical evidence over the death of Jeffrey Franklin, 16.

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Ernest Franklin II is being held on $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond. However, as of Tuesday night, the defendants remained in Chenango County jail.

A mother and father killed their special needs teen and tried to cover up the crime with a house fire in a plot they came up with after watching the movie "Manchester by the Sea", WBNG reported.

McBride said Heather Franklin left the home that night to go to two stores look for a certain drug, but the prosecution says it has evidence that proves she didn't go to the aisle in either store where the drug was located.

According to court transcripts released by WBNG-TV, the NY prosecutor told the judge that "the defendant and her husband, co-defendant, were at home with Jeffrey on the night of February 28th".

McBride told the court that the defendant was very calm when police arrived and pointed to the room where Jeffrey was lying.

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Trosset tells PEOPLE that McBride admitted in court that Jeffrey's cause of death is not known.

Mrs Franklin - who is now pregnant - told investigators that she visited two shops looking for a specific medication that night.

Heather Franklin is now pregnant.

Ernest Franklin told police he was trying to chase down the family's dogs when the fire began, but the prosecutor said there weren't signs of animals in the home.

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