May 4, 2013

"Man convicted in mom's death, cited puppy concern in trial."

"Defendant wanted to make sure puppy would be OK."
Larry W. Clark of Big Flats was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, forgery, identity theft and false information on a missing person in the 2010 shooting death of Marcella Clark.
Much more here:
Clark told jurors he awoke the day after he accidentally fired a revolver in the kitchen of the home he shared with his mother to find his mother on the kitchen floor.

“She was still as a person possibly could be; her eyes were open, and I knew she was deceased,” Clark said. Clark testified he sat on the couch to think about what to do next. He looked down and saw the cage that kept the cocker spaniel puppy his mom had brought home a few weeks earlier. The dog, which didn’t have a name, had soiled the cage, so Clark decided to take the puppy outside....

“I felt really guilty,” Clark said. “I knew it was all over; I thought calling (authorities) would mean I’d end up in jail right away.”

Clark said he thought the puppy deserved a chance, so he decided to delay reporting the shooting while he trained it to interact with people, so it could get a home... He took the dog out for a longer walk and saw a tarp covering the wood pile in his mother’s yard. Clark took the tarp inside, slid his mother’s body onto it and then rolled the tarp around her, he said....

20 comments:

ndspinelli said...

"Forget it Jake..it's Adams County."

For non-Cheeseheads. Adams County is the white trash capital of Wisconsin. Some of the strangest cases I ever worked were in this inbred cesspool.

ndspinelli said...

It does have a fairly nice old courthouse, and it gets a lot of business.

Richard Dolan said...

Evidently, the Twinkie defense was unavailable on the facts. He was probably glucose intolerant.

traditionalguy said...

The defense attorney did his job coming up with the puppy lover story. But I guess he needed more than that for a pardon by jury.

AllenS said...

"I was going to kill myself, and then I thought, don't be selfish, think about the puppy."

EDH said...

"And they call it... Puppy Love."

Larry Clark should seek as many celebrity endorsements as possible.

BTW, the judge reminds me of Dan Akroyd, "you ignorant slut".

edutcher said...

"he awoke the day after he accidentally fired a revolver in the kitchen of the home he shared with his mother to find his mother on the kitchen floor"?

We are supposed to believe he never heard the, "They got me!" or the thud?

Pogo said...

Puppies!

His attorney saw female jurors who might swoon over Joker the Boston Bomber.

The Drill SGT said...

When I read the headline, I thought somebody had finally put Marsha Clark down, but I was wrong...

MadisonMan said...

And they called it

Puppy Lo--o-o-o-o-ve

Just because I shot Dear Mom

Tell them all, oh tell them ple--e--e-ease

This defense will surely bomb.

EMD said...

Hello Toledo! We are Puppy Concern and we are here to rock you!

David said...

Have they given his lampshades a close inspection?

wyo sis said...

If he had turned his talents to fiction writing he might be in a different place now.

jr565 said...

What kind of puppy was it? Because if it was a cute Labrador, this guy might have a case for a lesser sentence. But if it was a chihuaha or something then he should get the max. In fact, he should get time added to his sentence.
Because those dogs are obnoxious.

jr565 said...

I can't count the number of times I've accidentally fired a gun into the house randomly and woke up the next morning to find dead people lying there. It could happen to anyone.

jr565 said...

What kind of puppy was it? Because if it was a cute Labrador, this guy might have a case for a lesser sentence. But if it was a chihuaha or something then he should get the max. In fact, he should get time added to his sentence.
Because those dogs are obnoxious.

jr565 said...

Ah, I see it was a cocker spaniel puppy.
They're kind of cute, though some of them have this weird hair thing going that makes them look like hasidic jews.
But,they're cute. I say, give the guy a break on the mom killing because .. puppy!

ndspinelli said...

David, LOL! Your reference to Ed Gein is astute. Ed "operated" just north of Adams County.

ken in sc said...

I once had a cocker spaniel eat my underwear.

wyo sis said...

Ken
Why?
Couldn't you get the Lab to eat them?