Adams Co. Man Convicted of Killing Mother Gets Life in Prison

By: WSAW Staff
By: WSAW Staff

UPDATE: 5/24 at 2:10 p.m.

The Adams County Clerk of Court says Larry Clark has been sentenced to life in prison for killing his mother, Marcella in July 2010.

Clark will be eligible for extended supervision after serving 30 years.

He will receive credit for the 920 days he has already spent in jail.

UPDATE: 5/24 at 10:07 am.

A sentencing date has been scheduled Friday for the Adams County man convicted of killing his mother, hiding her body, and using her check book.

On May 3, a jury found Larry Clark, 61, guilty of all seven charges against him.

In Wisconsin, the charge of 1st degree intentional homicide carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

UPDATE: 5/3 at 2:14 p.m.

A jury has found Larry Clark guilty of first degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, two counts of uttering a forgery, identity theft, and two counts of false information on a missing person.

The conviction came following a five-day jury trial.

Juneau County Circuit Court Judge Paul S. Curran presided over the case.

During the trial, the State presented evidence that Clark shot his mother, Marcella Clark, in the back with a revolver while she stood in the kitchen of their shared residence. Clark then left the body on a tarp in woods on the property. In the subsequent several months, Larry Clark used his deceased mother’s checking accounts and credit cards to purchase food and other items at local stores. When confronted by police and others questioning his mother’s whereabouts, Clark told several different lies, including that she was out of state with relatives or in the hospital dying.

Larry Clark faces a maximum of life imprisonment.

A sentencing date has not yet been set.


UPDATE: 5/3 at 11:20 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.

ORIGINAL STORY: 4/29 at 3:38 p.m.

The trial against the Friendship man accused of killing his mother in July 2010, hiding her corpse and using her checkbook, began Monday in Adams County.

Larry Clark, 61, is facing nine charges including 1st degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, forgery, using a fake ID, and providing false information about a missing person. He pleaded not guilty in January 2011.

Prosecutors say on July 13, 2010, Clark killed his 79-year-old mother, Marcella Clark, and hid her body on the property of the home the two shared. Authorities began their investigation on November 11, 2010 after a concerned neighbor reported Marcella hadn't been seen since June. Marcella Clark's body was discovered days later. Investigators believe she may have died weeks earlier

Larry Clark told authorities she had gone out of town to see her sister in Arkansas, but Marcella's sister told police the two had not seen each other in months.

The district attorney's office said Marcella Clark died of gunshot wound to the back.

If convicted on all counts he faces a mandatory life sentence.

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