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Mayor's ex-husband wanted for questioning in lawsuit 

Bonding company seeks to depose David Franklin in case against his daughter

A bonding company that's suing Mayor Shirley Franklin's daughter filed a notice last month that the company's lawyers now want to question the mayor's ex-husband.

The notice to depose David Franklin comes amid investigations into the possible role he and his daughter, Kai Franklin, might have played in the cocaine and money-laundering ring that employed Kai Franklin's ex-husband, Tremayne Graham.

In 2004, Kai Franklin signed an agreement with Free at Last Bonding to free her then-husband, who was facing federal cocaine charges, on a $350,000 bond. The week before Graham's November 2004 trial, he skipped town – leaving his wife $300,000 in debt.

The following year, Franklin divorced her husband, who remained a fugitive at the time, and filed for bankruptcy, citing her debt to the bonding company. Free at Last then filed suit in an attempt to recover the money from Franklin. The bonding company had to pay the court $170,000 before Graham was captured in June 2005, though some of that money was reimbursed.

Testimony offered during Graham's April 2007 sentencing hearing, at which he received a life sentence, revealed that Kai Franklin is under investigation by the IRS and U.S. attorney's office. Testimony also led to a probe of David Franklin. Graham is alleged to have used Franklin's airport concessions company to launder drug proceeds.

Neither Kai nor David Franklin has been charged with a crime.

The attorney for Free at Last Bonding, Leon Jones, filed notices to depose both David Franklin and Franklin & Wilson Airport Concessions Inc. He says the depositions have not yet taken place.

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