Suspect in UNCC professor's murder arrested

A UNCC professor's murder is spotlighting the issue of domestic violence.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The man wanted for the murder of a UNC Charlotte professor in southwest Charlotte was arrested after being on the run for three days. 

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have charged Donny Lewis Franklin, 45, with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 35-year-old Jeannine Shante Skinner. 

 

CMPD officers responded to an incident in the 9300 block of Kings Parade Boulevard around lunchtime Friday. When officers arrived, they found Skinner's body at the scene. She was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Skinner was an assistant professor of gerontology and psychology at UNC Charlotte.

Detectives were in and out of the Lofts at Charleston Row in Steele Creek all afternoon Friday. Officers were sent there to check to see if a woman was okay, but found her body instead.

Officers suspect that the incident is domestic and Skinner likely knew her killer. Skinner's death marks the 62nd homicide in Charlotte this year. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS.

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