A Commerce man was indicted by a Jackson County Grand Jury Monday on charges of murdering his grandson.
Robert L. Clark was indicted on charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and aggravated battery.
At the time of the shooting on June 7, police said Clark shot and killed his 6-year-old grandson in a fit of rage over a dropped watermelon. Michael Levigne, a kindergarten student at Commerce Primary School, was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest in the Troy Street, Commerce, home of his grandparents. Police say Clark also shot his wife, Linda Dale Clarke, 58, in the chest/stomach area before he himself was shot by police officers after he fired a weapon at them.
According to reports, Mrs. Clark called 911 and the call was dispatched as “gunshots with a barricaded suspect in the house.” A Commerce officer was patched through to Mrs. Clark by 911 and talked Mr. Clark into releasing a 5-year-old boy who was unharmed but who had witnessed the shooting, and to allow his wife to leave.
The standoff reportedly ended when Clark came to the door, refused repeated demands that he drop his weapon.
A Jackson County grand jury indicted Robert Clark Monday for the June 7 shooting death of his grandson, Michael Levigne, 6.
Display comments as (Linear | Threaded)