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Ardmore double-murder suspect in court

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Accused killer Carlton Franklin, right, is escorted into a Carter County courtroom on January 11, 2019. (KTEN) Accused killer Carlton Franklin, right, is escorted into a Carter County courtroom on January 11, 2019. (KTEN)
Accused killer Carlton Franklin appeared in a Carter County courtroom for a preliminary hearing on January 11, 2019. (KTEN) Accused killer Carlton Franklin appeared in a Carter County courtroom for a preliminary hearing on January 11, 2019. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Carlton Franklin, the Ardmore man charged in connection with the fiery deaths of two people in November 2017, appeared for a preliminary hearing at the Carter County Courthouse on Friday.

Ardmore police arrested the 32-year old Franklin in Oklahoma City last August. Investigators have linked him to the deaths of Karlie Clearman and Justin Sullivan, whose bodies were discovered in a charred car.

District Attorney Craig Ladd called four witnesses at Franklin's preliminary hearing, trying to establish enough evidence to require a trial.

Several people claim they were at the Anderson Street house the morning of the murders. One witness claims Clearman said she was picking up Franklin in Pauls Valley. When they got back to the house, the witness reported hearing gunshots outside following an argument.

As they looked outside the living room window, they saw that Clearman's car was on fire and an SUV was pulling out of the driveway.

Family members of Karlie Clearman said they are hoping the case will go to trial.

"I just want to let Karlie know we love her and we miss her, and that she's always right here in our hearts."

A judge ordered that Franklin's formal arraignment on two counts of first degree murder take place on March 13.

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