New A&E show airing Tuesday will feature high-profile Chattanooga murder case

FILE- Staff photo of a home in which Chattanooga police found 68-year-old Franklin Bonner deceased.

The American television network A&E will highlight the murder trial in connection to the 2009 Chattanooga homicide of 68-year-old Franklin Bonner.

Titled, "The Accused: Guilty or Innocent?" the series is a spotlight on criminal cases showcasing the accused person's journey through the planning of their legal defense, trial and the verdict, according to a news release.

The Chattanooga feature will follow the account of 24-year-old Angel Bumpass, the second person who prosecutors deemed to be involved in the murder of Bonner, along with local attorneys Garth Best and Andrea Hayduk.

Chattanooga police found Bonner tied to a kitchen table and chair inside of his ransacked home on Jan. 16, 2009. The homicide went cold until District Attorney General Neal Pinkston reopened the case to bring charges against Bumpass and 37-year-old Mallory Vaughn.

In 2019, Bumpass was found guilty of first-degree felony murder and attempt to commit especially aggravated robbery in the killing of Bonner. Mallory Vaughn was found not guilty on both counts.

The A&E show will air Tuesday, May 12, at 10 p.m., according to the network.