PLATTSBURGH — Twelve witnesses in the case of Gustavo Segundo-Clark were interviewed Thursday, helping further establish Segundo-Clark’s mental state and the timeline of Nov. 20 last year.
Segundo-Clark, 25, of Beekmantown, is currently on trial for the alleged Nov. 20 murder of his grandmother, Ginger Clark, as well as other felony and misdemeanor charges.
The prosecution, made up of Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie and Assistant District Attorney Jeffrey Stitt, first interviewed Paul Ferrari, director of the Personalized Recovery Oriented Services program at Behavioral Health Services North.
Ferrari, who, according to his statements, had worked with Segundo-Clark at BHSN for some time, stated that he had grown concerned after Clark had left him a voicemail stating that she believed Segundo-Clark had started using drugs again, and that his behavior was becoming too much for her to handle.
“Ginger cared for Gus quite a bit,” Ferrari said on the witness stand. “When she said she couldn’t keep him anymore, I knew she meant it.”
Ferrari said that he brought up the voicemail to Segundo-Clark when he was at BHSN for an appointment on the morning of Nov. 20, at which point Segundo-Clark allegedly became defiant.
“He denied using, and asked, ‘You’re not going to call parole, are you?’”
In cross-examination, Segundo-Clark’s defense attorney Joseph Mucia brought up Segundo-Clark’s diagnosis of schizophrenia, and asked Ferrari about the symptoms.
Ferrari said that the symptoms could include violent outbursts, suspiciousness and paranoia, but that those symptoms could be helped through the proper medication and familial support, both things that Ferrari said Segundo-Clark appeared to be getting on Nov. 20. He did add that consuming illicit drugs could worsen symptoms.
Next, it was established that between 2:40 and 3:04 p.m., Segundo-Clark made a visit to the New York State Division of Parole Office at 41 Veterans Lane in Plattsburgh to see his Parole Officer Daniel Dominicci.
Dominicci had been handling Segundo-Clark since his case was transferred to the Plattsburgh office in September of 2018 when Segundo-Clark moved in with his grandmother at 111 Rooney Road in Beekmantown.
Dominicci said that upon Segundo-Clark’s arrival, he didn’t notice anything amiss, and that Segundo-Clark didn’t look any more or less normal than he did in their other visits.
Dominnicci did drug test Segundo-Clark, as he too had heard from Clark about him possibly using again, but, like the previous two months, Dominnicci said, the drug test came back negative.
Much of the rest of the interviews functioned to further clarify the timeline of Segundo-Clark’s travels on Nov. 20.
After leaving the parole office just after 3 p.m., a man witness Jennifer Monette identified as Segundo-Clark was seen on security camera at the nearby Kinney Drugs at 6 Veterans Lane at 3:05 p.m. where he purchased a six-pack of beer before departing.
Monette is a shift supervisor at the Kinney store.
Also seen in the security footage was him getting picked up from the Kinney’s by an unknown vehicle.
Later, Segundo-Clark allegedly called his friend Dustin Ormsby at roughly 3:30 p.m. to hang out.
In his interview, Ormsby said that he went to Segundo-Clark’s Rooney Road residence to pick him up before travelling to SUNY Plattsburgh. Ormsby said that he was travelling to the college to complete community service for an unrelated conviction.
Ormsby said that he got out of the car when they arrived at SUNY Plattsburgh, and, when he returned, Segundo-Clark was gone. He didn’t see Segundo-Clark again.
But Segundo-Clark was allegedly seen again, this time in security footage from the Stewarts Shop location at 292 Cornelia St., Plattsburgh.
The footage, timestamped at 4:54 p.m., showed a man identified by witness Mark Lafay, a Stewart's Shops internal security investigator, as Segundo-Clark getting on the store’s payphone, until he got off the phone at roughly 5:02 p.m. before leaving the store.
When State Police Violent Crimes Investigator Jody Winch was helping execute an eavesdropping warrant Nov. 30 on answering machines from 111 Rooney Rd. as part of the investigation, they were able to find a voicemail dated 4:55 p.m. on Nov. 20 from a number they were able to trace back to the Cornelia Street Stewart’s.
It was Segundo-Clark calling his grandmother to get the number for a taxi.
“Gram, could you help me find the number of a taxi company,” the voicemail said, “my phone died.”
He didn’t end up needing the number, though, as Paul Passino had just pulled into the Stewart’s parking lot in his City Taxi car.
Passino, who has worked for the taxi company for nearly 29 years, said that he had picked up a passenger at the Koffee Kat in downtown Plattsburgh to be brought uptown, but that the passenger asked him to stop at the Cornelia Street Stewart’s along the way.
That was when at roughly 5:02 p.m., the man identified as Segundo-Clark exited the store and asked Passino if he could be brought to 111 Rooney Rd.
After the other passenger said he didn’t mind, Passino said he called the fare in to his company to get a price.
Passino said that he dropped the passenger off on Rooney Road around 5:25 p.m.
Segundo-Clark’s next alleged appearance was on security footage from Good Guys Convenience at 6054 Route 22 just after 6 p.m.
The footage, acquired from the store by State Police investigator Brett Smith, showed a man identified as the defendant pulling into the store’s parking lot at 6:09 p.m., this time in the red Subaru vehicle that investigators had established belonged to Clark, Smith said.
The man entered the store for a short time, didn’t purchase anything and pulled out of the parking lot at 6:12 p.m.
Smith was the final witness interviewed before the trial adjourned for the day.
It is slated to continue at 9:15 a.m. today.
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The trial of Gustavo Segundo-Clark continues today.
The Beekmantown man, 25, is accused of stabbing his grandmother, Ginger Clark, to death with a kitchen knife Nov. 20, 2018, before stealing her credit card and 2010 Subaru Forester.
Segundo-Clark was apprehended by State Police outside of Schenectady in the Subaru on Nov. 22.
He is being tried for charges of second-degree murder, first-degree assault, third-degree grand larceny in connection with the theft of the car, fourth-degree grand larceny in connection with the theft of the credit card and third-degree possession of a weapon, all felonies, as well as tampering with physical evidence, a misdemeanor.