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Jeannine Skinner, UNCC professor’s murder: Donny Lewis Franklin arrested , photos

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Jeannine Shante Skinner, a professor at a North Carolina college was found murdered following what seemed to be a case of domestic violence. Reports suggest that a 45-year old man has been arrested and charged with the killing of the 35-year old Jeannine Shante Skinner.

Authorities have identified the killer of the female professor as 45-year-old Donny Lewis Franklin. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police spokesman Keith Trietley said that Donny Lewis Franklin has been arrested and charged in the death of the woman.


Reports suggest that someone had asked the police to welfare check on Skinner late Friday morning. When police reached there, the woman was found dead in her apartment. The cause of death has not been released. Authorities claim that the woman suffered serious trauma.

There are reasons to believe that Jeannine Shante Skinner and Franklin were dating. After the discovery of the professor’s body, a manhunt was underway to track the man who was thought to be not just dangerous but also armed.

Jeannine Shante Skinner, who was an assistant professor of psychology and gerontology, the scientific study of aging, at the University of North Carolina Charlotte is remembered for her scholarship and leadership qualities. UNCC Chancellor Philip Dubois issued a statement to faculty and students Saturday expressing condolences for the young professor’s untimely death.

“We grieve for Jeannine’s family, and we hope that joyful memories of her life will sustain them in the days to come…I hope those of you who were her students and colleagues will remember Jeannine for her accomplishments and for the influence she had on your lives”, Dubois said in the statement.

Before she came to the UNCC, Skinner was an adjunct faculty member in psychology at Belmont University and Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn. She got her PhD from Howard University in 2010, and studied at the University of Washington school of medicine. A St. Petersburg, Fla., native, she was loved by her students and respected by her colleagues.

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