Court date set for Craighead Co. murder suspect held without bond

Published: Sep. 28, 2019 at 1:46 PM CDT
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CRAIGHEAD COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - A Craighead County man accused of capital murder in the death of a woman earlier this year has a trial date set for December, court records indicated.

According to Arkansas Court Connect, a Dec. 9 through Dec. 13 trial date was set Friday for Marco Deshon Clark of Lake City.

Marco Deshon Clark turned himself in Aug. 24 in connection with the death of Melinda Colburn, 37, of Dixie.

The probable cause affidavit stated deputies responded to a home on Craighead County Road 988 due to a shots fired call.

When deputies arrived, they found Colburn lying in the front yard under a blanket.

“A witness who lives behind the victim’s trailer said he heard several shots and saw a man run, got into the victim’s white Dodge Challenger, and drove away at a high rate of speed,” the affidavit said.

A second witness said she heard shot and saw a man who she identified as Clark.

A third witness said Clark called her and said he killed Colburn.

“Marco posted a video to Facebook in which he states ‘the b**** deserved it’ and ‘who’s gonna be my next victim,’” the affidavit stated.

Detective Sergeant Ron Richardson contacted Clark by phone and talked him into turning himself into the sheriff’s office.

Richardson interviewed Clark after he turned himself at which time he confessed to shooting and killing Colburn.

The affidavit stated Clark had been served a protection order and was removed from the home on Aug. 8.

A judge found probable cause Monday to charge Clark with capital murder, making a terrorist threat, possession of a firearm by a certain person, theft of property $25,000 or more, and violation of a protection order.

The court records released through Court Connect show that Circuit Judge Pam Honeycutt appointed attorneys Danny W. Glover and Joe R. Perry to represent Clark. Both Glover and Perry are qualified under state law to handle capital, or death penalty, cases.

“The Defendant is charged with Capital Murder, Making a Terrorist Threat, Possession of a Firearm by Certain Persons, Theft of Property > $25,000, Violation of Domestic Order of Protection. The charge of Capital Murder is punishable by life imprisonment without parole or death by lethal injection. The State of Arkansas has not waived the death penalty,” the filing noted.

Honeycutt also set a Nov. 25 motions and plea day for Clark at the Lake City Courthouse.

During the probable cause hearing, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Grant Deprow asked Judge David Boling that Clark be held without bond due to his “lengthy history of absconding” and a history of violent assault, and Boling agreed.

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