Man charged in murder of Chicago fire lieutenant’s son denied bail

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CHICAGO — A man was denied bail Friday when he appeared in court on charges in the murder of a fire lieutenant’s son.

Ronald Franklin, 34, was taken into custody on the West Side after he was identified as the person who participated in the killing of 25-year-old Tyler Bernicky. Franklin is charged with first-degree murder and arson.

Police said they found Bernicky stabbed to death next to a burning vehicle near 79th and Ingleside on June 15.

Prosecutors said Bernicky worked for Franklin at FX Auto Spa and were on good terms. Two days before Bernicky was killed, he sold hydraulic car lifts for $2200 then pocketed the cash.

The Sun-Times reports prosecutors said the owner of the shop was in the process of ending his ownership in the business. “Franklin was trying to finance a takeover of the businesses to continue running it,” according to the Sun-Times.

When Franklin became aware that Bernicky had sold the lifts and took the money, Franklin was angry.

Prosecutors said they have video evidence Franklin carried out the attack.

Bernicky was the son of Chicago Fire Department Lieutenant David Bernicky.


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