Cold Case unit names 2009 murder suspect

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The Hamilton County Grand Jury has returned indictments in a nine year old cold case murder.

In January of 2009, 68-year-old Franklin “Kookie” Bonner was bound and gagged at his home in Washington Hills.

The duct tape used to keep him quiet ended up suffocating him.

His wife discovered the body and their ransacked home.

Bonner was a retired Chattanooga Public Works employees.

But investigators say he ran numbers in the neighborhood and also sold marijuana, so their may have been large amounts of cash at the house.

The case remained unsolved for years until the family reached out to the District Attorney General’s Cold Case Unit.

They connected some unidentified fingerprints to Mallory Aunte Vaughn.

This week, the Grand Jury indicted him for felony murder robbery and especially aggravated robbery.

Vaughn is already a fugitive on other charges.

On Tuesday, officers did arrest a then-13 year old girl who they call an accomplice to the crime.

Investigators hope the public can help them find Vaughn.

If you have any information on his location, please contact the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office or the DA’s Cold Case Unit (423)209-7470 or submit info here)

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