Father Pleads Guilty to Killing Daughter

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    A man who once publicly castigated police for not finding his daughter's killer admitted to her murder on Friday.

    Rodney McIntyre, 45, plead guilty in D.C. Superior Court to one charge of first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Ebony Franklin.

    Man Charged in Daughter's Death

    [DC] Man Charged in Daughter's Death
    Police arrested Rodney McIntyre and charged him in the death of Ebony Franklin, 17, whose body was found stuffed in a Columbia Heights trash can last November. (Published Monday, May 23, 2011)

    On the day of her death, Nov. 26, 2010, Franklin had gone to meet her father to go shopping for Christmas presents.  She never returned, and subsequently, investigators discovered her body in a waste can covered in trash on Fairmount Street in Northwest D.C.

    McIntyre, who was separated from Franklin's mother, attempted to cover up the murder by sending text messages from his daughter's phone.  In one message sent to Franklin's stepfather, McIntyre wrote to ask if Ebony's mother was mad that she had not come home.  In another message sent to Franklin's mother, he wrote "“Remember.the.bitch.told.on.my.man.now.yoo.get.her.out.the.trash.”

    During the initial investigation, McIntyre had been very verbal in criticizing the police.

    This spring, authorities announced McIntyre's arrest in the homicide.  Investigators discovered that he had been having sexual intercourse with his daughter since 2008.  On the day of her disappearance, McIntyre stabbed Ebony Franklin at least 15 times. 

    The murder happened at Meyer Meyer Elementary School on the 2500 block of 11th Street NW, where McIntyre worked in an after-school program.