Beekmantown man to face trial in murder case

Gustavo Segundo-Clark

PLATTSBURGH — The case of a Beekmantown man who allegedly killed his grandmother last November is going to trial.

Gustavo Segundo-Clark, 25, stands accused of stabbing his grandmother Ginger Clark to death with a kitchen knife before stealing her 2010 Subaru Forester and credit card.

The first day of jury selection is slated for today at the Clinton County Courthouse.

Heading into the trial, Segundo-Clark is facing six felony counts: second-degree murder, first-degree assault, third-degree and fourth-degree grand larceny in connection with the theft of the car, a second count of fourth-degree grand larceny in connection with the theft of the credit card and third-degree possession of a weapon.

On top of that, he’ll face two misdemeanor charges: fourth-degree possession of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence, with the latter stemming from him washing a kitchen knife that he thought could be used as evidence.

'BAD THINGS CAN HAPPEN'

Segundo-Clark’s defense attorney, Joseph Mucia, is considering a defense of “lack of criminal responsibility by mental disease,” more commonly known as “not guilty by reason of insanity.”

"My client has a history of drug abuse and drug use," Mucia said to the Press Republican in April, "and if you mix drug use with schizophrenia, bad things can happen," adding that, "The mental-health reports and the doctors' notes speak for themselves."

When reached out to before the trial, Mucia did not respond to a request for comment. 

DENIED KNOWING GINGER

Segundo-Clark was arrested by State Police just outside of Schenectady Nov. 22, the same day Clark’s body was found in her Rooney Road home in Beekmantown.

He denied knowing a Ginger Clark when first apprehended by police, according to court documents that include statements from State Police investigators involved with the arrest.

It was only after he was told she was hospitalized that the Beekmantown man admitted they had been "involved in a physical dispute earlier in the week, after which he left in her vehicle.”

According to the statements, though, he never said that he killed his grandmother, pleading not guilty to all charges when arraigned in January.

Email Ben Watson:

bwatson@pressrepublican.com

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