Settlement negotiations are underway between Florida officials and the family of Franklin Weekley. The 18-year-old Weekley disappeared in 2002 from the state-run Sunland hospital in rural Jackson County. Skeletal remains were found in 2004 near the facility, but despite overwhelming evidence remains were his, for almost three years the state refused to acknowledge he’d even died. Now the family’s suing; the state is apologizing; and Governor Charlie Crist has told the family there will be a full investigation. Meanwhile, there has been little said about who Franklin Weekley was, and how he ended up in state care. WUSF’s John Sepulvado has that story.
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 01:00
Weekley Part OneWritten by John Sepulvado