Des Moines woman smoked meth before race-motivated hate crimes

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Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, 42, of Des Moines was charged Friday with attempted murder for allegedly running over a 14-year-old Latina female pedestrian Dec. 9.

Investigators believe Nicole Poole Franklin proceeded Dec. 9 from the scene of the hit and run in Clive to the Conoco station at 136 First St. in West Des Moines, a distance of about four miles, where she was arrested about 5 p.m. after causing a disturbance in the convenience store, including eating food she did not pay for, throwing food and hurling racial slurs at employees and customers of the store.

A Des Moines woman facing an attempted murder charge for allegedly deliberately running over a juvenile Latina in Clive Dec. 9 “admitted to smoking meth approximately five hours prior to the incident,” according to an affidavit filed by the West Des Moines Police Department Officer who arrested her.

Nicole Marie Poole Franklin, 42, of 6009 Creston Ave., #B11, Des Moines, was charged with attempted murder for allegedly driving her 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee off the roadway and onto the sidewalk near the Indian Hills Junior High School in the 9200 block of Indian Hills Drive in Clive about 4:25 p.m. and striking a 14-year-old female pedestrian.

Poole Franklin later told investigators “she intentionally struck the victim, intending to injure or kill her,” because the victim was Latino.

Investigators believe Poole Franklin proceeded from the scene of the attempted murder in Clive to the Conoco station at 136 First St. in West Des Moines, a distance of about four miles, where she was arrested about 5 p.m. after causing a disturbance in the convenience store, including eating food she did not pay for, throwing food and hurling racial slurs at employees and customers of the store.

Poole Franklin was charged with assault-violation of individual rights, second-offense OWI, public intoxication and fifth-degree theft in connection with the Conoco incident.

Abdul Jalali of West Des Moines, a witness to the incident at the Conoco store, said Poole Franklin “pulled up to one of the pumps and looked intoxicated. She started to make problems with everybody, eating food, throwing food on the floor and talking racial.”

The arresting officer said Poole Franklin “was extremely fidgety and had dilated pupils, both conistent with drug use.”

Poole Franklin is held in the Polk County Jail on a $1,010,000 cash bond. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on the attempted murder charge Dec. 30 in Polk County District Court. She is scheduled for a jury trial on the assault and OWI charges Feb. 3 in Polk County District Court.

Poole Franklin has a record of prior convictions on various charges. She was arrested Dec. 6 at the Sheraton Hotel at 1800 50th St. in West Des Moines on charges of first-offense possession of a controlled substance-marijuana and interference with official acts.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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