BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Zachary police officer and firefighter, Christopher Lawton lost his life in 2018 while attempting to serve a warrant, and as of Monday, October 10, the man accused in his death has been found guilty.

Albert Franklin Jr., 38, was found guilty of manslaughter after prosecutors said Franklin did not comply, but ran over Lawton with a vehicle when the 41-year-old officer attempted to serve Franklin with a warrant.

State prosecutors presented their case before Judge Tiffany Foxworth-Roberts and a jury.

The jury’s guilty verdict indicates prosecutors were successful in proving Franklin resisted arrest even though he knew Lawton was an officer of the law.

Franklin may face up to forty years behind bars, but a final determination in regards to his sentencing will be made Friday, January 13.

BRProud will continue to follow this case and update readers when Franklin returns to court in January for sentencing.