Jury finds man guilty in 2007 murder case

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CHICAGO  — A Cook County jury has convicted a man accused in the death of a Chicago woman and whose trial was long delayed by legal maneuvering.

Reginald Potts was convicted Tuesday of first-degree murder in the 2007 death of 28-year-old pharmaceutical sales representative Nailah Franklin. The woman's remains were found in a wooded area behind a vacant Calumet City store owned by Potts' brother-in-law. An autopsy determined she'd been asphyxiated.

In closing arguments, prosecutors said Franklin left her Chicago condo and was ambushed by Potts, a man she had casually dated and was stalking her.

Potts' lawyers argued there were too many unanswered questions, including where, when and how she died. They said no physical evidence tied the 38-year-old Potts to her killing.

Potts' trial had been delayed because of his indecision on whether he wanted to represent himself.


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