JOLIET – A second witness testified Wednesday that Velma Franklin said Eric Glover Sr. had threatened to kill her with a gun two months before she was found dead in June 2002.
JoAnn Franklin, the mother of the victim, told Judge Carla Alessio-Policandriotes in Will County Court that her daughter and Glover Sr., 42, had a good relationship for the first few years they were together, but that changed around the time their daughter was born in 1998.
“They started arguing and fighting. ... I never saw physical [attacks] but was told about them,” Franklin said.
Velma Franklin was found shot to death on June 17, 2002, in the Third Avenue home she shared with Glover Sr. and her four children. Glover Sr. was arrested on murder charges, but prosecutors decided at the time there was not enough evidence to proceed to trial. He was charged again in June 2012 after the Will County State’s Attorney’s office reviewed the cold case. Glover Sr. already was in prison on other convictions.
Glover Sr. is the biological father of Eric Glover Jr., who was strangled to death in January 2013 in a house on Hickory Street at the age of 22. Relatives have said Eric Glover Sr. was not involved in his son’s life.
Prosecutors want the statements Velma Franklin made to other people before her death and a threat Glover Sr. made to a female police officer during a 2009 arrest used against him in his upcoming trial.
JoAnn Franklin said about 2000 she saw Velma Franklin had gotten stitches for a gash on her head. Her daughter initially said she’d banged her head on a car door.
“[Actually] they’d been fighting and she was trying to get out of the car when Eric closed it on her,” Franklin said.
Franklin’s account of an incident in April 2002 matched what her daughter told her best friend Shelease Adams, who testified earlier this week.
Velma Franklin told them Glover Sr. had gotten a handgun, put it against her head during an argument, and then fired it into the wall behind her. Franklin said her daughter was “scared ... and afraid” after the incident and began trying to get Glover Sr. to move out.
“I asked him about it and he said, ‘Well. It was an accident the gun went off.’ ... He didn’t say anything else,” Franklin testified.
Police found a bullet that had been fired into the wall when investigating Velma Franklin’s death two months later. Prosecutors have said the bullet taken from the wall matched to the same gun as the bullet taken from Franklin’s skull.