A man wanted for questioning in connection with the shooting deaths of at least six blacks around the country was named yesterday in an arrest warrant charging him with violating the civil rights of two young black men who were shot to death as they jogged in a public park.
U.S. Magistrate Daniel Alsup issued the warrant for the arrest of Joseph Paul Franklin in connection with the deaths of Ted Fields and David Martin. Salt Lake City police have been seeking Frankling for questioning in the slayings for several weeks, but have not charged him.
Fields and Martin were gunned down by a sniper near Salt Lake Liberty Park Aug. 20.
Police in other cities throughout the country also have sought to question Franklin in connection with other sniper attacks on blacks, including the wounding of Urban League President Vernon Jordan Jr. in Fort Wayne, Ind., earlier this year.
Franklin, 30, was arrested Sept. 25 in Florence, Ky. Police ran a computer check on his brown Chevrolet Camaro and found he was sought by police in Salt Lake City. However, he escaped by climbing out a police station window. He has since been the object of an intensive manhunt in the Florence and nearby Cincinnati, Ohio, area.