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One of Huntsville's most notorious killers, Jeffrey Franklin, wants out of state prison. One of Huntsville's most notorious killers, Jeffrey Franklin, wants out of state prison.
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

One of Huntsville's most notorious killers wants out of state prison.

Jeffrey Franklin is serving three life sentences for killing his parents with an axe and slashing three of his siblings in 1998.

He's eligible for parole in a few years, but he believes the court made a mistake and his parole hearing should be moved up to 2013.  

In a letter addressed to a Judge Lloyd Little, Franklin rambles for half a dozen full pages about Jeffrey Franklin the prisoner. Franklin tells a judge the court made a mistake and his parole hearing should be moved up to this year. He claims that hearing should happen this March and not June of 2016.

The last three pages, Franklin talks about his time in prison while he's serving three life sentences. Franklin writes he tried to honor his parents' memory even though they are deceased. He said he's gotten into a little trouble, writing, "I cut my wrists open and dove headfirst off the sink onto concrete quite a few times in 2009."

Franklin goes on to talk about a fight he had with another 300-pound prisoner but says life goes on. Franklin concludes the letter writing, "P.S.: I'm not really a bad man. I didn't mean to do what I did. It just happened. I have a hard time"

Franklin murdered his parents with an axe and slashed three of his siblings in a South Huntsville neighborhood in 1998. The crime made national headlines.

Franklin had massive amounts of the drug Ritalin in his system during the murders. The crime is considered one of the most high profile in North Alabama's history.

WAFF stopped by Franklin's old neighborhood. One of his old neighbors declined to give her name but doesn't want to see him released.

"What he did was horrific," she said. "Wouldn't we all hate to know that someone like that was community."

Madison County District Attorney Rob Broussard doesn't believe the state will grant Franklin's request to move up the hearing. Broussard plans on telling the Board of Pardons and Parole that Franklin needs to be in jail for the rest of his life.

"You look at the recent events in Connecticut, this hearkens more to that type of individual that's extremely dangerous, that's not stable, and he would always be a danger in society if he was released," said Broussard.

It's unclear if the court will grant Franklin's request to move up his parole date. 

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