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New Brunswick: Officials Say Apparent Suicide Victim Was Wanted For Killing Wife In Jersey City

Steve L. Franklin Credits: Hudson County Prosecutor's Office photo

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – The man found shot dead in an apparent suicide inside of his car at the Loews theater on Route 1 was wanted for the murder of his wife in Jersey City, officials said.

City police were called to the AMC Loews New Brunswick 18 movie theater on Route 1 shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday on a report of a man with a medical emergency in his car, according to Capt. J.T. Miller.

Officers arrived and found the victim dead from an apparent gunshot wound inside of his vehicle in the parking lot of the theater, Capt. Miller said.

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“The preliminary police investigation suggests suicide; however, a final determination cannot be made until an autopsy is completed,” Capt. Miller said.

Later, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office posted that the man is believed to have been Steve L. Franklin, 39, of Jersey City, wanted for the killing of his wife there on Oct. 27.

Prosecutor Esther Suarez said in a release that police went to 120 Manning Avenue in Jersey City shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday where they found the body of Sineka Davis, 38.

According to police, Davis had a gunshot wound to her upper torso and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The next day, Jersey City police issued a warrant for Franklin’s arrest for the murder, according to the Hudson County office.

The office sought the help of the public in locating Franklin, releasing his photo to the media.

Police considered Franklin armed and dangerous, according to the press release.

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