UPDATE: Inmate Identified In Franklin County Jail Death, Investigation Ongoing

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FRANKLIN COUNTY (KFSM) — The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man who died in the jail.

Cody Franklin, 20, of the Mountainburg area, died Wednesday (May 11), according to the sheriff’s office.

Arkansas State Police continues to investigate the death, the sheriff’s office stated that no further details can be released.

According to an online database, Franklin had been booked on suspicion of obstructing governmental operations.


The Arkansas State Police had confirmed to 5NEWS that it is conducting a death investigation at the Franklin County Jail.

Sheriff Anthony Boen stated that an inmate died in the jail, but could not release any additional information until the family was notified.

Please stay with 5NEWS for more information on this developing story.


  • cecilfrank

    The way I understand it that he suffered from heart problem, and was tazed in the jail and died. That came straight from and acquaintance who works at the FC jail.

    • Missy Stephenson

      This is so not true! He did not have a bad heart and did not die from one tazing! Try multiple tazings and beatings. This will more than likely be a big cover-up. You don’t need an attorney if it was that open and shut!

    • Tina Cluck

      Sir, Your comment is best described as gossip and looks to me like a red flag that says someone is trying to justify a callous and unnecessary death. At this point, the facts are Cody was taken to jail, booked, and a mugshot completed. He was not tazed in an effort to apprehend him. He was in police custody on a misdemeanor and was as healthy as his horse. The innumerable people that loved him need facts and we are getting none yet. We are trying to patiently wait for our state systems to supply a factual backstory that will help us deal with a tragic loss. We know Cody was vital, hale and hearty prior to his arrest, We hope that the people that had very temporary custody of him had overcome their recent operational, performance and financial problems (a matter of public record) and adhered to established laws and procedures. Opinions based on secondhand information are unacceptable.

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