NORWICH, N.Y. (AP) — A prosecutor says a New York couple decided to kill their adoptive son and cover up the crime with a house fire after watching the movie “Manchester by the Sea.”

WBNG-TV reports Chenango County District Attorney Joseph McBride said during a bail hearing for Ernest and Heather Franklin last week that 16-year-old Jeffrey Franklin was killed within two hours of the couple watching the Oscar-winning film on Feb. 28. McBride said an examination showed the teen died before the fire.

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Ernest and Heather Franklin are accused of killing their adopted son (Image credit: GoFundMe)

The Franklins are charged with second-degree murder, arson and tampering with physical evidence.

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Heather Franklin’s attorney told the court that she’s “innocent until proven guilty.”

“Manchester by the Sea” tells the story of a man who accidentally sets a fire that kills his children. He wasn’t prosecuted.
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Information from: WBNG-TV, http://www.wbng.com

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