UPDATE: Adams Co. man sentenced to life in mother's death

UPDATED Friday, May 24, 2013 --- 3:15 p.m.

FRIENDSHIP, Wis. (AP) -- An Adams County man convicted of killing his mother, hiding her body and using her checks and credit cards has been sentenced to life in prison.

A judge ruled Friday that 61-year-old Larry W. Clark won't be eligible for parole for 30 years.

A jury convicted Clark of seven felonies including first-degree intentional homicide. Prosecutors say he shot 79-year-old Marcella Clark in the back in 2010 and hid her body in the woods near their Big Flats house.

Clark testified that he shot his mother accidentally, passed out and woke to find her body. He told investigators he didn't report the death because he was more worried about training her puppy to survive in the event he ended up in jail.

His defense attorney didn't immediately return a message Friday.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, May 24, 2013 --- 2:54 p.m.

The Attorney General's office reports that 61-year-old Larry Clark of Big Flats was sentenced to life in prison today in the murder of his mother.

Clark shot his mother, Marcella Clark, is the back in July 2010 and then took her body to some woods near their house in Big Flats.

A criminal complaint says that after the death of his 79-year-old mother, Clark used her checking account and credit card.

Clark testified during his trial that he accidentally shot his 79-year-old mother at their house, passed out and woke to find her body. He told investigators he didn't report the death because he was more worried about training her puppy to survive if he went to jail.

Clark's life sentence includes the possibility of release after 30 years.

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UPDATED Friday May 24, 2013 -- 5:50 a.m.

FRIENDSHIP, Wis. (AP) -- A man convicted of killing his mother in 2010, hiding her body and using her checks and credit cards is due for sentencing in Adams County.

Larry Clark is scheduled in circuit court Friday afternoon for a sentencing hearing. The 61-year-old Clark shot his mother, Marcella Clark, is the back in July 2010 and then took her body to some woods near their house in Big Flats.

A criminal complaint says that after the death of his 79-year-old mother, Clark used her checking account and credit card.

Clark testified during his trial that he accidentally shot his 79-year-old mother at their house, passed out and woke to find her body. He told investigators he didn't report the death because he was more worried about training her puppy to survive if he went to jail.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Friday, May 3, 2013 --- 2:29 p.m.

The Attorney General's Office says that Larry Clark was convicted today in Adams County in the death of his mother.

He was convicted on the following counts:
-First degree intentional homicide
-Hiding a corpse
-Two counts of uttering a forgery
-Identity theft
-Two counts of false information on a missing person

Clark faces a maximum of life in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

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UPDATED Friday, May 3, 2013 --- 11:03 a.m.

FRIENDSHIP, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin man accused of shooting and killing his mother says he didn't report her death right away because he was more concerned with making sure her puppy would be OK.

Larry W. Clark of Big Flats is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the 2010 shooting death of Marcella Clark.

A Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune report says he testified Thursday that if he called police he'd end up in jail right away. He said that could have meant trouble for her cocker spaniel puppy because he hadn't yet trained it to interact with people.

Clark says he fired his handgun by accident and then passed out. He says when he awoke his mother was dead on the kitchen floor.

Closing arguments were expected to take place Friday morning.

Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Tuesday, January 25, 2011 --- 9:10 a.m.

FRIENDSHIP, Wis. (AP) -- A central Wisconsin man has pleaded not guilty to killing his mother, hiding her body and using her credit cards and checks.

Fifty-nine-year-old Larry Clark entered the pleas in Adams County Circuit Court Monday. Prosecutors say Clark shot and killed 79-year-old Marcella Clark, whose badly decomposed body was found Nov. 16 near the home they shared in Big Flats.

Clark is accused of using his mother's credit cards and writing checks on her bank accounts. He's charged with first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, forging checks, identity theft and giving false information on a missing person.

The Stevens Point Journal says District Attorney Mark Thibodeau may amend the complaint to include additional charges as the investigation continues.

Information from:
Stevens Point Journal
http://www.stevenspointjournal.com

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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UPDATED Tuesday, December 7, 2010 --- 10:43 a.m.

TOWN OF BIG FLATS, Wis. (AP) -- A central Wisconsin man is charged with fatally shooting his mother in the back, hiding her body and using her credit cards and checks.

A criminal complaint says 79-year-old Marcella Clark died sometime in July. Her remains were found four months later on the property she shared with her son in Adams County. Authorities say 59-year-old Larry Clark told people different stories about her absence -- that she was visiting a sister in Arkansas, had left by taxi for some unknown location or was critically ill in the hospital.

Clark is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, forgery, identity theft and providing false information about a missing person.

The Wausau Daily Herald says sheriff's deputies searched the Clark property Nov. 16, after the victim's friend reported her missing.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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UPDATED: Friday, December 3, 2010 --- 4:00 p.m.

The Adams County man arrested in connection to his mother's disappearance has now been charged with her murder.

59-year-old Larry Clark is also charged with hiding a corpse. The District Attorney's office says his mother was shot. Court records show it happened on July 13th, but investigators didn't find the body of 79-year-old Marcella Clark until more than four months later, after they served a search warrant on the home Marcella and Larry shared.

Larry Clark's preliminary hearing is set for December 10th.

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UPDATED Monday, November 29, 2010 --- 2:05 p.m.

From NBC15's sister station WSAW in Wausau:

The Adams County District Attorney says he will file a new criminal complaint charging Larry Clark, 59, with the death of his mother.

Marcella Clark, 79, was found dead at the rural Friendship home she shared with her son earlier this month. Her remains were badly decomposed. Family friends said she hadn't been seen since June.

Larry Clark has already been charged with 7 felonies related to his mother's disappearance, and is being held on a $70,000 cash bond. He is expected to be in court for an initial appearance on the homicide charge December 10th.

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UPDATED Thursday, November 18, 2010 --- 2:33 p.m.

Press Release from the Adams County Sheriff’s Department:

The autopsy was completed on the human remains discovered in the execution of a search warrant on November 16th 2010 at 1106 Beaver Avenue in the Adams County Township of Big Flats.

The body has been identified as that of Marcella Clark, 79 years old, who resided at the residence. Clark had been the subject of a missing person investigation by the Adams County Sheriff’s Department.

Initial autopsy information indicates that Clark was a victim of an apparent homicide. No further details regarding the findings of the autopsy are available at this time.

The investigation into Clark’s death continues. The Adams County Sheriff’s Department is being assisted in this investigation by Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigations, Wisconsin Department of Justice-Madison Crime Lab, and the Wisconsin State Patrol.

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UPDATED Wednesday, November 17, 2010--5:15 p.m.
Posted By: Barclay Pollak

Bail has been set at $70,000 for an Adams County man accused of concealing what authorities believe to be the remains of his dead mother.

Just one day after officials found human remains less than 50-feet from his mother Marcella's home, Larry Clark was in court.

He appeared via video with his attorney. Officials believe Clark knew about the remains and that they belong to his 80-year-old mother Marcella who has been missing, according to some, since June.

Today, the 59-year-old spoke very little only saying "yes" to questions asked by the judge.

According to the criminal complaint, Clark was questioned several times over the last few months by friends, family and even his own brother about Marcella's whereabouts.

Allegedly Clark's responses ranged from 'she's in the hospital' to 'she's visiting family' and in one case he said she just picked up and left.

The criminal complaint also provides checks from Marcella's account that were used by Clark at a local store as recently as last month.

Officials say they don't have the proof yet, but they are confident the remains belong to Marcella Clark.

Mark Thibodeau, Adams County DA says, " I have no problem telling the court that I believe that those remains are Marcella Clark."

Adams County Sheriff Darrell Renner says, " It's logical and we believe that it is. But you still want to go to extent of making sure you identify the person."

Clark is due back in court next week.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 16, 2010 --- 7:39 p.m.
Posted by Tim Elliott

Authorities make a gruesome discovery in a rural Adams County home early Tuesday morning. Investigators find badly decomposing human remains in a home in the Town of Big Flats. Neighbors tell NBC 15 that an elderly woman and her son lived at the home and say they haven't seen the woman in months.

“I heard she was almost 80 and she was a very nice lady,”

Randy Nelson lives two doors down from 1106 Beaver Avenue in the Town of Big Flats.

“It's scaring me right now, because I never expected this to be here. It's always been a quiet area, I'm just shaken up by it,” said Nelson.

Nelson says an elderly woman lived at the home with her son: 59-year-old Larry Clark.

“He was kind of... always kept to himself and kind of mean,” said Nelson.

Authorities have not confirmed the identity of the woman.

Last week, the Adams County Sheriff's Department received a report of a missing elderly woman.

Their investigation led them to the Clark household, where they executed a search warrant Tuesday morning.

“A body was found on the property and it was pretty badly decomposed,” said Adams County Sheriff Darrell Renner.

Clark was arrested and is being held on charges related to the missing person case.

“He was not arrested at the scene. He voluntarily came to be interviewed at the Sheriff's Department and the Sheriff's Department is where he was arrested,” said Sheriff Renner.

Right now, authorities are trying to identify the remains and determine a cause of death.

“The investigation is still ongoing so we really don't know what we have here,” added Sheriff Renner.

Sheriff Renner would not specify if the remains were found in or outside the home.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 16, 2010 --- 4:20 p.m.

Detectives tell NBC15 News that a man has been arrested in connection to a missing person's case. The man is identified as 59-year-old Larry Clark.

The Sheriff tells NBC15 News reporter Tim Elliott that the cause of death in still unknown.

Sources tell NBC15 News that Clark is the son of the missing woman whose remains have been found.

The two lived together in the Town of Big Flats in rural Adams County.

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UPDATED Tuesday, November 16, 2010 --- 2:47 p.m.

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Posted Tuesday, November 16, 2010 --- 1:08 p.m.

Press Release from the Adams County Sheriff’s Office:

Sheriff Darrell Renner reports that for the past several days the Adams County Sheriff’s Department has been investigating the whereabouts of a missing adult female resident of Adams County. In the early morning hours of Tuesday, November 16, 2010 a warrant was executed at a rural home in Adams County. The warrant was served with the assistance of agents from Wisconsin Department of Justice-Division of Criminal Investigation, Wisconsin State Patrol, Madison Police Department and cadaver detection dogs and handlers from Canine Search Solutions.

During the execution of the warrant, badly decomposed human remains of what appeared to be that of an adult female were discovered on the property. An adult male was arrested at the scene on a variety of charges. The subject currently in custody is considered a person of interest in the missing person’s case. This investigation is continuing at this time.

An autopsy on the body will be scheduled to ascertain the cause of death. The Adams County Sheriff’s Department wishes to assure everyone that there appears to be no threat to safety of the public at this time.


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