21 January 2010

Dan Talbot murder trial 21 Jan. 2010 -- Evan Franklin: "I would say I was highly intoxicated."

CRUCIAL UPDATE: Get your raw video right here.

Alllllrighty then.... at today's trial I have not rolled video yet because NECN was here first, with the pool. I have taken some decent stills though, a first for bloggers in Boston. Note to self: There is not enough light in that room to pull of Big Photos, I might try to resize a couple of these but I wanted the baseball one to be large though. Soto's truck was parked where the car is parked in that photo. Anwway, 640/480 is it from here on. More details in a few minutes.

PS: They were drinking in the car before they got to Margaritas, and they were drinking shots at Margarita's too. As far as Evan Franklin goes run a word search for "Franklin" here.

What I still can't believe was the testimony from Franklin today, "we were (only) expecting a fist fight."

WHAT??? Dude, you guys are POLICE!

I'm sitting here as a former AAG right now thinking to myself... whoa.... city police officers cruising around with open containers and grown-assed men gonna' mix it up with young kids, unbelievable. Have you seen Bobby? I'm a relatively small guy and I could break him in half. Seriously, at 5"10" 170 I dwarf him. This whole thing is just patently absurd. I had to school some folks over at the Boston Globe about this case, particularly of Evan Franklin's checkered past and the fact that this is not the first time he has run from an accident, as noted in the comments.....

I have a date tonight, enough of this insanity for now. More detail on today's trial late night or in the wee morning hours before tomorrow's session.

Related posts:
The Puppet; Abbott & Costello.
Related stories: Forgot to say Brad Puffer and I were chillin' today, the NECN cameras were there and here is their take on it. Here is Seth Daniel's (more on Mr. Daniel in this bullet trajectory entry) 21 Jan. piece on Marilyn Cardona, the only non-LE State witness to date who is not trying to reduce a sentence by their testimony, as well as his 21 Jan. summary on matters I've been setting forth here as linked, supra.


Anonymous said...

Mr. King, I'm loving your coverage on the Talbot case. I grew up in Revere for a few years; personally knowing the defendants and many of the witnesses. Since I have moved a across the country, you have been informing me about the trial. I USED to be a good acqaintance of Mr. Iacoviello. He was a good guy before surrounding himself with these shady characters. What a messy case, wouldn't you say?

Christopher King said...


Thank you!

It is quite a mess.

Franklin's picture says it all. I railed on this guy a long time ago, read it right here.

"Franklin and a friend (Todd Randall) were involved in a two-car accident on Route 1 in August of 1995 and fled the scene on foot. Read the last paragraph. The two men were soon to graduate from the police academy, but resigned from the force following the incident. Franklin was re-hired after going through the police academy again in May 1997."


That's a recipe for negligent hire and retention screaming right at you.

But the town government out there just doesn't get it.... Wait until you hear about the firefighter that caved in some bloke's head and got promoted.

You read that right.

-The KingCaster.

PS: The State had better be coming with some Quincy, M.E. style forensics to describe whence that bullet came that killed Officer Talbot or they will have a tough time getting any convictions out of this. Not saying it's impossible, but I'm still seeing all kinds of reasonable doubt and we haven't even got to the Defense case (not sure if they plan to put anyone on the stand or not).

Anonymous said...

there are "some" revere cops who do their job and act appropriately.....HOWEVER the actions of those cops that night (and sadly some others who were not present) aren't surprising, some of revere's "finest" think their Bigger Thugs than the Gang Members - AND act like it. Wonder why the youth have LITTLE repect for the cops. Give respect and maybe you'll get some.

Anonymous said...

I wish I was there to see it myself. It's funny that a great portion of the State's witnesses are convicts. Franklin has a yellow line down his back. My OPINION has been all along that Bobby wouldn't get convicted of the murder, YET he would have to serve his time for parole violation and possession of an illegal firearm. I wonder if Michael Picardi will testify for the prosecution since he and Papandrea were the reasons they started building the case; starting with the arrest of Derek Lodie. From what I've read, I think "Johnny" Heang should be facing the MUrder One charge instead of sitting on house arrest for this case and drug trafficing (cocaine). You haven't got to Jason Watson yet, but he's just trying to save his own hide.

Christopher King said...


Oh absolutely. I have it on Good Faith from people in The Know that Dan Talbot took some pretty bold actions with respect to law enforcement shortly before he died; I need to see the facts on that before I publish it though.

But this whole notion of "thinking we were gonna' be in a fist fight" is sooooo wrong... as noted during the X/E on Officer Soto, nobody once said "hey we're cops, knock it off."

Instead they wanted to rumble.

I'll get to Watson soon, he was a tool today but I think they established he fingered Bobby before he was pinched himself on his latest felony.


Anonymous said...

C, the only thing that would surprise me is if the jury convicts both Bobby and Jimmy. I'm not saying they didn't commit the offenses the State alleges, yet I'm saying the State's case is BS. Every witness has changed their story atleast one. This case is so intriguing.. Keep it coming. I'll keep reading all the way from the Mile High City.

Christopher King said...


Mile high is what the LE was, sadly.

Just think about this: Why on Earth would they not identify themselves as LE? Because for that moment in time they were experiencing non paralleled hubris. Well that and they didn't want the Youth running off and calling the the police on them in case they had seen them with the Devil Juice.

I'll have some quick quotes from yesterday posted before I head in to Court today.


PS: The word of the day, and of the entire trial, is noblesse oblige.

Christopher King said...


You want s'more fun stuff to read have you checked out the Boston Bob materials?

Well there is a follow-up to all of that.

Citibank is racist.

In the 90's I thought that blogs were about the stupidest things in the World, I figured I would never have one. Now I have, like, six of them. They are an indispensable tool in the Fight for Justice, which is why I have had 7 or 8 distinct attempts to limit the speech on my blogs by Government and Big Business dupes, and I hand them their ass every single time.

-The KingCaster.

Christopher King said...

Another thing: Without some type of medical/forensic testimony as to bullet fragment and approach angle, I gotta say it's entirely possible that Officer Talbot was felled by friendly fire.

Look at that long narrow chute in the baseball field photograph that Officer Soto -- the worst marksman who did not pass his exam -- had to shoot through as he took cover behind the blue trash barrel.

Officer Talbot was found on the grassline/walkway.

What if Talbot had turned to his left to check up on his posse and caught it from that direction, it certainly is possible. That bullet hole in Officer Soto's pickup truck, parked at the end of the chute where the headlights appear, was probably from Soto and it was on the left corner of the truck, on the bumpah'.

Look at the relationship/proximity of where the pickup was to where the grassline/walkway is. I shoot guns sometimes (well, not when I'm drunk I don't) and I can tell you that ain't a whole lotta' wiggle room, especially if you're plastered.

Point being that without further evidence that is one plausible explanation. The State had better step up the game if it hopes to gain a conviction.

I'm serious as a heart attack.

-The KingCaster

Anonymous said...

we in revere have been saying from the begining it was soto friendly fire ! accident kids are no angels cops definatly are not either ...talbot died .. a shame .. lies and deciet make this case horrifying

Christopher King said...

I'm not so sure that it was friendly fire but until the State put its witness (Canavin) on, there was a much higher presumption that it could have been.

Let's see what Krupp and crew can do with Canavin Monday on the general characteristics of the bullet pulled from Officer Talbot. Canavin said that it had the general characteristics of a projectile fired from a Hi-Point 9mm with 9 lands and groves with a left-hand twist.

I'll have a fresh video card at the ready.

As noted in the newer post, the State has to do more than show that bullet that killed Officer Talbot didn't come from friendly fire, they gotta' show that it came from a gun held in Robert Iacoviello's hand and that he had the requisite intent to commit murder.

This is why the Defense is going to focus on the clothing, i.e. everybody had hoodies and looked like youth.

And since everybody looked like youth and the LE never identified themselves as such, if Mr. Iacoviello saw other youth coming toward him in a "heated" fashion with guns drawn (assuming the State can put the gun in his hands) then that puts him in a possible self-defense mode.

And everyone has admitted that Officer Talbot was "heated."

Furthermore if Mr. Iacoviello saw Soto's gun too (which Soto admitted was visible) -- Zabin should have objected to that question but it's too late now -- then if he freaked out and pulled a trigger, even if he fired first, Krupp will argue it was self-defense.

He came along with others to settle a turf issue and wanted a gun for protection, but wasn't thinking of actually using it.

Those are the issues folks, how the Jury comes out on it is anyone's guess.

-The KingCaster.

Anonymous said...

So, I guess we'll never get to hear the testimony of Jason Watson at this trial? I know it's said and done with, but I am curious as to the details this scumbag had to offer...

Christopher King said...


I think major media had their rigs out that day Jason was testifying so I was not allowed to video, given the one camera rule.

One of these days that rule has to be changed to two cameras, one mainstream and one alternative.