WASHINGTON (AP) — The father of a 17-year-old Maryland girl whose body was found in a trash barrel last year in Washington’s Columbia Heights neighborhood has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

D.C. police announced Saturday they had arrested Rodney J. McIntyre, 45, of southeast Washington in the killing.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier says forensic and electronic evidence had been gathered in the death of Ebony Franklin of Capitol Heights, Md. Franklin lived with her mother in Prince George’s County and was reported missing last Nov. 27. When Franklin was found in a trash barrel in an alley, she had been fatally stabbed.

Lanier says there was “evidence of a sexual relationship” between McIntyre and his daughter. Lanier declined to describe a motive in the girl’s death.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (19)
  1. Torrie says:

    Poor child – may she rest in peace. May the powers that be wring justice out of this sob’s worthless body and then through his worthless corpse into he trash like he did his child’s.

  2. RavenLude says:

    if the evidence directly links him to the sexual assault and murder of his own daughter……..skip the trial and save time/money, execute him immediately.

    1. Michael Spencer says:

      Sounds good to me

  3. Doug says:

    Your own father kills you and stuffs you in the trash .
    Execute this slime ball,tonight,if not sooner.
    I,for one DOI NOT want to spend the millions it will cost to process ,try,
    convict and house this murderer for the rest of his pointless life.

  4. Bullfrog says:

    This parasite belongs in general population in prison. I am sure that a cellmate or acquaintance would be happy to entertain him at night and who knows maybe even show him how it feels to be violated by someone bigger and stronger than he is. The reason he put his daughter in the trash is because she was going to snitch on his rapng her. Just don’t send him to isolation or the death penalty, either one of then would protect him and make him happy at our expense and if I am going to pay for his stay I want to make it as tempting as possible for the other inmates to get dessert in bed!

  5. Tracey Reitterer says:


  6. Mary Jane says:

    Yes EXECUTION it’s sad when a child cannot trust their own FATHER.

  7. Primetime Editorials says:

    poor child may she rest in peace
    i hope they let the inmates have their way with this perp
    what a loser

  8. Charles says:

    This an example of the one of the worse inhuman crimes to human nature, the man must be insane, who in the world does this in a free country, there’s no punishment good enough for this man if he knew what he was doing. Was he abused as a child?

    This is one reason why we have so much trouble with own women, they see these types of things happen and turn and look at us, the true good men, protectors of the wives and daughters. and think of our capabilities.

    This is disgraceful to all men.

  9. Charles says:

    disgraceful comments like matty’s taken off this page, cowards like this is what makes true men look bad

  10. LOTTIE says:


  11. behr22 says:

    OK, so a man finds a girl in the trash and then kills her?

  12. Brian Mendell says:

    They need to inact a law that says once you commit a crime as hanis as this you should LOSE all your American rights and immediately after your trial they should take you out back the court house and execute your ass with 2 bulLits in your head execution style!!!

  13. Sikiru Damijo says:

    Well ayleast he didnt litter

    1. Julia says:

      Oh that’s real funny Sikiru! If it was someone you loved I’m sure you’d be able to joke about it as freely~JERK.
      EXECUTE that piece of garbage.How could anyone do that to their own child??

    2. Michael Spencer says:

      I find your sense of humor sickening, but I write it off , as you being a very young, immature, uneducated dimwit!

  14. Helen Skor says:

    What horrors this young child endured in her short life. I hope that she will get the justice she so richly deserves.

    And I also wish Cathy Lanier would rethink her wording. “Evidence of a sexual relationship” implies some level of consent on the part of the daughter – which is impossible given her age and the fact that she was the victim of incest. “Evidence of sexual assault” would have been more apropos.

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