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Trial set for man accused of killing father

November 14, 2018

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A trial has been set for a Montana man who authorities say admitted to stabbing his father to death.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports 38-year-old Tanner Franks, of Bozeman, is charged with deliberate homicide in the death of his 72-year-old father, William Franks, during the week of Thanksgiving last year.

He has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

A 10-day jury trial in the case is scheduled to start Aug. 5.

Defense attorney Chris Petaja says he intends to raise self-defense, justifiable use of force and mental disease or defect in Tanner Franks’ defense.

Tanner Franks was arrested Nov. 21, 2017, near Big Sky after police found William Franks dead of apparent stab wounds in the kitchen of his house.

Tanner Franks remains in the Gallatin County jail on $1 million bail.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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