The Oklahoma dentist cruelly caught a slice of pizza while holding the inert body of his lover's son moments after he allegedly hit the child's head with the child's head has been found guilty of murder.
A jury in Oklahoma County found Bert Franklin, 35, guilty of first-degree murder in the 19-month death of Lincoln Van Henry Lewis in 2016.
The jury also found Franklin, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, guilty of requesting the murder of Lincoln's mother, Franklin's mistress, Roxanne Randall, while incarcerated.
Bert Franklin, 35, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death in 2016 of Lincoln Van Henry Lewis, 19 months. He was also found guilty of requesting the murder of Franklin's mother
The jury recommended that Franklin, a married father of four, serve a life sentence without parole for the murder and life imprisonment of Lincoln for requesting the death of his lover Roxanne Randall.
The jury heard two weeks of testimonies about how Franklin (left) allegedly murdered his 19-month-old son, Randall, Lincoln Van Henry Lewis.
The jury recommended that Franklin, a married father of four, serve a life sentence without possibility of parole for the murder and life imprisonment of Lincoln for requesting the murder of Randall.
In July 2016, Randall discovered that his son, Lincoln, did not respond at home and took him to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with skull fractures. Due to the severity of his injuries, the child was flown to a hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he died.
A doctor who initially treated Lincoln called the police because his injuries were consistent with the abuse.
An autopsy performed after the boy's death found that Lincoln had severe inflammation and trauma to the brain, as well as hemorrhages in both eyes caused by a pair of skull fractures.
The pair of guilty verdicts were issued on Thursday after two weeks of eyewitness testimony, KFOR reported.
During the trial, expert prosecution witnesses testified that Lincoln's injuries could not have been accidental or self-inflicted, and one doctor called the head injuries the "worst fracture" he had ever seen in his life.
Shocking surveillance video posted during the trial showed Franklin walking through Randall's house, carrying a waking and alert Lincoln. Franklin then it disappears from the view towards the living room.
A shocking video showed Franklin, a dentist and father of four, wearing a flaccid Lincoln after the alleged attack (left) and grabbing a slice of pizza
Roxanne Randall, pictured with Lincoln, said he had been in a relationship with Franklin for a year and did not know he was married.
It was not clear what happened next, but an Oklahoma City detective told the court he believed the video showed the dentist hitting the boy with his head on the floor.
Franklin was seen kicking towards something on the floor that is not visible.
When Franklin returns to the kitchen, at the sight of the camera, with the child lame in his arms. Franklin then He casually grabs a piece of pizza from the box on the side.
Franklin's lawyer said he was kicking a dog, not Lincoln, as had been suggested and that Franklin did not kill the child.
The prosecution also asked the jury to decide whether Franklin was guilty of requesting murders in his cell trying to arrange for someone to kill Randall in the days leading up to the trial, News on 6 reported.
The evidence presented included recorded conversations captured by a telephone that had been smuggled into the Oklahoma County prison for Franklin.
Franklin's lawyer told the jury that Franklin had no reason to kill Randall.
An autopsy that was carried out following the death of Lincoln (pictured) found that Lincoln had a severe swelling and trauma to his brain, as well as a hemorrhage in both eyes caused by a pair of skull fractures.
Randall claimed that Franklin hated Lincoln's biological father (pictured right) and threatened to kill him, "skin him in Bricktown" and cut off his penis.
In a statement, Randall wrote that he believed Lincoln would still be alive if someone who knew of Franklin's abusive behavior had reported him.
After the guilty verdict, Randall sent KFOR a statement about the tough two-year trial.
"A little over two years ago I woke up to the most horrible tragedy a mother or father could imagine, my baby was dying in my arms, and I did not know why." Her abuser was hiding in the place and the last person to I would suspect myself or anyone else, "Randall wrote.
"Lincoln was a perfect baby and from the first day he had to fight to survive, he bravely fought and won his battle of premature babies, only to have his life truncated at 18 months of age, and by someone who claimed to love him. On the day he was born, I begged God to heal him and to stay in. I promised to love him, unconditionally, for the rest of our lives & # 39;
She went on to say that "sincerely" she believed that Lincoln would still be alive "if people who were aware of Bert Franklin's abusive behavior had reported it, this should serve as a reminder that abusers are not always easily identifiable. They hide among us as successful people and loving parents. "
The detectives said that when they interviewed Franklin, they found that his story was inconsistent with the evidence in the case.
According to Randall, his boyfriend hated Lincoln's biological father and threatened to kill him, "skin him in Bricktown" and cut off his penis, Fox reported.
Randall also claimed that Franklin had recently begun to exhibit "control behavior." The investigators stated in Franklin's arrest warrant that his wife and lover were not aware of the other's existence.
The court heard evidence that one of Franklin's biological children had accused him of abuse in the past.
The judge, who also saw violent texts that Franklin had sent to Lewis's biological father, was influenced by the arguments and denied bail.
Franklin's formal sentence is scheduled for October 19.