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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

UNC Charlotte Professor allegedly murdered by boyfriend who was jealous of her career

Jeannine Shante Skinner and boyfriend
Jeannine Shante Skinner and boyfriend

A professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte was killed on Friday in southwest Charlotte and police suspect her boyfriend in relation to the murder.

Jeannine Shante Skinner, 35, an assistant professor of gerontology and psychology in the Department of Psychological Science, was found in an apartment off Interstate 485 near South Tryon Street at 11:37 a.m. after police were called to do a welfare check in the 9300 block of Kings Parade Boulevard.
Jeannine Shante Skinner

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the incident is possibly domestic related, and the victim and suspect knew each other. They said 45-year-old Donny Lewis Franklin is the suspect in connection with Skinner’s death and a murder warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Franklin has a history of violence against women. In September 2003, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of assault on a female, court records show, while a charge of violating a domestic violence protective order was dismissed at that time.

Franklin was last seen driving a burgundy Jeep with the license plate number 0512KN, police said. He is considered armed and dangerous and may be suicidal, police said.

UNCC Chancellor Philip Dubois issued a statement to faculty and students Saturday expressing condolences to Skinner’s family.
Dubois said in the statement: "We grieve for Jeannine’s family, and we hope that joyful memories of her life will sustain them in the days to come. I hope those of you who were her students and colleagues will remember Jeannine for her accomplishments and for the influence she had on your lives."

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