Jenna Franks (fka Jeremy William Franks) homicide report request

Bradford William Davis filed this request with the Jacksonville Police Department of Jacksonville, NC.


From: Insider Staff

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the North Carolina Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:
All records associated with the homicide investigation of Jenna Franks, whose name assigned at birth was Jeremy William Franks, who died on February 24, 2021, including but not limited to:

-Initial incident report, including crime scene notes and narrative description
-Chronological record of events
-Property and evidence logs
-Arrest reports
-Witness list
-Autopsy report and any medical examiner notes
-Interview notes from detectives who investigated the death, as well as any photos and videos included in the case file
-Press releases and public communications regarding the case, such as flyers and electronic community outreach
-Search warrant affidavits
-Case summary
-Charges recommended to prosecuting agency

I would like these records in electronic format, transmitted via email or other digital method; please refrain from sending paper copies of the records. If you anticipate that providing me with all responsive records will take longer than two weeks, I ask that you provide records to me on a rolling basis as they become available. In any event, do not destroy any records that may potentially contain responsive documents.

If you determine that any of the information I’ve requested qualifies for an exemption from disclosure, I ask you to note whether the exemption is discretionary, and if so whether it is necessary in this case to exercise your discretion to withhold the information. In any event, please provide a signed notification citing the legal authorities on which you rely if you determine that any of the information is exempt and will not be disclosed.

Please waive any applicable fees; this information is being sought for reporting purposes. As I am making this request as a journalist and this information is timely, I would appreciate your communicating with me by telephone if you have questions regarding this request. If I can provide any clarification that will help expedite the processing of my request, please contact me directly at 718.360.6359 or

I look forward to your reply within ten (10) business days, as the statute requires, and an even prompter reply if you can make a determination without having to review the records in question.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.

Bradford William Davis
Reporter, Investigations | Insider

From: Jacksonville Police Department

Mr. Davis,

Attached you will find the public copy of the initial incident report. The remaining information is not public record per North Carolina General Statute 132-1.4. Additionally, the case has not been adjudicated.

Patrick Traitor
Deputy Chief of Police
Administrative Services
Jacksonville Police Department