PLATTSBURGH, NY– After less than a day of deliberations, a 25-year-old West Chazy man was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder for killing his grandmother with a kitchen knife in her Beekmantown home last Thanksgiving.
Gustavo Segundo-Clark was found guilty on a total of six counts, including felony assault, grand larceny and tampering with evidence. Prosecutors said, after killing Ginger Clark, 73, Segundo-Clark stole her Subaru Forester and credit cards.
“With the defendant being found guilty on all six charges, we feel that they certainly did their job and justice has been served in this case,” said Clinton County District Attorney Andrew Wylie.
During deliberations Thursday, jurors asked to watch a portion of an interrogation by New York State Police. In the video, Segundo Clark admits to arguing with Clark over his drinking habits and subsequently scratching her neck.
The jury returned with its verdict an hour later.
Wylie said the prosecution spent months gathering evidence and presented testimony at trial by more than 50 witnesses. One of the biggest challenges, he said, was proving Segundo-Clark’s intent “to make sure it was pretty clean and cut for the jury.”
He said jurors were also concerned with the defense arguing a lack of fingerprints found in the home. To that, he said the prosecution had overwhelming evidence to convict Segundo Clark.
“We had his DNA, we had Ginger’s DNA on the knife,” Wylie said. “If you think about ‘how do you hold a knife’ it’s with the palm of your hand, so we weren’t expecting to get fingerprints.”
Segundo-Clark is scheduled to be sentenced on September 26.