35-year-old Jeannine Shante Skinner, an assistant professor of gerontology and psychology in the Department of Psychological Science was killed on Friday in Southwest Charlotte and police suspect her boyfriend was involved in the murder.
Skinner was found in an apartment off Interstate 485 near South Tryon Street at 11:37 a.m. after police were called to do a welfare check in the 9300 block of Kings Parade Boulevard.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the incident is possibly domestic related, and the victim and suspect knew each other. According to reports, 45-year-old Donny Lewis Franklin is the suspect in connection with Skinner’s death and a murder warrant has been issued for his arrest.
In the past, Franklin has had history of violence against women. In September 2003, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of assault on a female, court records show, while a charge of violating a domestic violence protective order was dismissed at that time.
The suspect was last seen driving a burgundy Jeep with the license plate number 0512KN, police said. He is considered armed and dangerous and may be suicidal, police said.
UNCC Chancellor Philip Dubois issued a statement to faculty and students Saturday expressing condolences to Skinner’s family.
He said,“We grieve for Jeannine’s family, and we hope that joyful memories of her life will sustain them in the days to come. I hope those of you who were her students and colleagues will remember Jeannine for her accomplishments and for the influence she had on your lives.”