Murder trial to begin

Gustavo Segundo-Clark

PLATTSBURGH — The trial of a Beekmantown man accused of murdering his grandmother is set to begin today.

Following the selection of 12 jury members and three alternates at the Clinton County Courthouse today, the trial of Gustavo Segundo-Clark will begin today before Clinton County Surrogate Judge William Favreau.

Segundo-Clark, 25, stands accused of killing his grandmother, Ginger Clark, with a kitchen knife before stealing her 2010 Subaru Forester and credit card just before last Thanksgiving.

In January, he was indicted for 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.

He is also facing 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.

He was arrested by State Police on Nov. 22 outside of Schenectady, the same day Clark’s body was found in Beekmantown. Segundo-Clark initially denied knowing Clark, but then later admitted they had been “involved in a physical dispute earlier in the week, after which he left in her vehicle,” according to court documents, including statements from State Police investigators involved with the arrest.

Segundo-Clark never admitted to killing Clark, though, and pleaded not guilty to all charges when he was indicted.

During the jury selection, it was stated by both the prosecution, Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie, and the defense, attorney Joseph Mucia, that the trial may take up to three weeks.

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