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Brandon Mackey opting for jury trial

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Wednesday marked two years since Wesley Franklin was shot and killed in Sandfly, and his family's still waiting for justice.

The family now might be getting closer to knowing the fate of the man accused of killing the 22-year old.

Brandon Mackey is due in court July 7, and the Franklin family has been told by the DA's office that Mackey is likely to opt for a jury trial at that time.

It is believed Mackey was considering a plea bargain, but after consulting with family members, and perhaps researching how his military record might factor into a trial, he is now expected to ask that his case be heard in court.

Jimmy Franklin, Wesley's father, has been told that a trial would likely start as early August and he has been assured there will be no more delays in this case.

But as he visited his son's gravesite Wednesday, Franklin said he is anxious for a trial to start, and confident about its outcome.

"It's pretty cut and dry with the confession that he made. I mean, he confessed to pulling the trigger of the gun that fired the bullet that killed Wesley. Once a jury sees that, along with the other evidence they compiled against him, it's a no-win situation for this guy, a no-win," he said.

Mackey could still enter a guilty plea at his July 7 court date, but Franklin said he and his family are now preparing themselves for a trial.

Friends of Wesley will be holding a candlelight vigil in his Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Lake Mayer.

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