FORT WORTH, Texas – A former Fort Worth police officer has been exonerated after spending 21 years in prison after being accused of raping a young girl.
Brian Franklin was sentenced to life in prison in the 1994 rape of a 13-year-old girl. He got out in May when the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals granted him a new trial. That trial concluded on Friday with a verdict of “not guilty”.
Franklin was granted a new trial when the court ruled that he was denied due process because his alleged victim lied under oath.
Two years ago in a 2014 hearing, the alleged victim admitted that she lied in part of her testimony but remained adamant that Franklin raped her.
Franklin’s family was there when he got out of prison in May and was in court on Friday when the jury in his second trial delivered a verdict of “not guilty.”
“I knew it was going to come,” the exonerated man said. “I wasn’t surprised.”
Franklin has maintained his innocence since his arrest.
“I had the trifecta against me: I was an innocent man, I was a former police officer and I was accused of raping a child.” He said.
The accuser was the daughter of one of Franklin’s friends. Tarrant County prosecutors had no DNA evidence and only relied instead on testimony.