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Franklin To Be Subpoenaed In Arson Case
Court officials granted a request by prosecutors to subpoena singer Aretha Franklin to obtain information about her Detroit-area home that was destroyed by arson. The Oakland County (Mich.) prosecutorCourt officials granted a request by prosecutors to subpoena singer Aretha Franklin to obtain information about her Detroit-area home that was destroyed by arson. The Oakland County (Mich.) prosecutor's office wants Franklin and three other people to testify, prosecutor David Gorcyca said in a statement. Prosecutors declined to reveal the exact contents of the petition for the subpoenas, saying it was confidential under law.
Since the Oct. 25 fire, investigators say they have tried five times to interview Franklin. "Offers by Ms. Franklin's lawyer to answer questions on her behalf are unacceptable," Gorcyca said. "As we have repeatedly stated in the past, we need to definitively establish what facts Ms. Franklin possesses about this case, and not what her lawyer wishes us to know."
Franklin's attorney, Elbert Hatchett, said his client wants to clear up the matter and has only declined to talk to authorities because he has advised her to. He said he advised her to not talk to officials because they could try to implicate her in the crime.
The prosecutor's office has repeatedly said Franklin is not a suspect in the fire. Hatchett would not say if Franklin will comply with the subpoena or evoke her Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
Franklin was on tour in Houston when fire swept through the 10,000-square-foot home in Bloomfield Township. An investigation determined that an accelerant was used to start the blaze in three locations on the first floor of the $1.6 million home.
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