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Long days at Clark murder trial

Jurors who will decide the fate of accused killer Jennifer Clark worked from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and were told by Judge Tommy Wilson to expect more of the same Wednesday. The 12 jurors and two alternates consist of eight white males, two black males, two white females and two black females. Jennifer Clark is charged with malice murder, two counts felony murder, aggravated battery, four counts of aggravated assault, concealing the death of another, tampering with evidence and two counts of cruelty to children in connection with the 2-008 death of her estranged husband Donald Eugene Clark. Donald Clark vanished from his Crane Road home on November 1-8, 2-008. His body was found dumped in a Redbone cornfield on Christmas eve. Tuesday’s court session began with testimony from the victim’s sister, Brenda Maddox and ended with that of former LCSO investigator Steve Burge. Also played was video from a long interview Burge did with Clark while she was jailed on an unrelated charge of entering an auto after her estranged husband’s disappearance but before his body was found. In the interview, Clark claimed she performed oral sex on the victim the night he disappeared, went to sleep in another room and awoke later to find him gone. Burge confronted her with accounts from neighbors who heard an audible fight in the yard of the Clark home at 301 Crane Road, saw Yost arrive in a red pickup and later saw the victim’s black Honda Civic speed out of the driveway. Investigators believe Donald Clark’s body was in the trunk of the Civic at that time. Jennifer Clark and her lover Yost claimed Clark had left for work and disappeared. Their story quickly unraveled and they were arrested shortly after Donald Clark’s body was found. Yost pleaded guilty last year and was sentenced to life in prison. As part of his plea deal, he agreed to testify against Jennifer Clark. The trial is expected to last at least through the week. The witness list is extensive. Multiple GBI agents have been subpoenaed including lead agent Cayce Ingalls, Lanny Cox, Todd Crosby, Mary Holder, Randy Mc-Mahan, Michele Cappetto, Kenneth Smith, Kenneth Lehman and Carla Turner. Crosby worked the scene where Donald Clark’s body was found. Smith and Turner are forensic toxicologists. McMahan is a polygraph expert. Lehman is a medical examiner. Other law enforcement personnel on the witness list are former sheriff Joe Buice and his investigators/ deputies Burge, Rick McCreary and Rod Whitehead; Karen Ayer of the Monroe sheriff’s office; Todd Pippin, then of the Narcotics Task Force and Sgt. Laura Ellington. Jacob and Joshua Clark, children of Donald and Jennifer, have been subpoenaed as has Donald Clark’s father, Curtis Clark. Other subpoenaed individuals are Kim Buice, Barnesville; James and Judy Burkett, Woodbury; Rodney Keith Conkley, Zebulon; Henry Hicks Jr., Butler; Lynette Kelly, Zebulon; Todd May, Williamson; Lisa Danielle Wallace, Barnesville; Melissa Doris Waltman, Barnesville and Danielle Faye Young, Covington.

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