Jury votes death penalty in Clark trial

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Posted: May 17, 2011 3:18 AM by Brittany Rivas
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Angola 5, trial, St. Francisville, Jeffrey Cameron Clark

ST. FRANCISVILLE- The jury in the Jeffrey Cameron Clark murder trial has decided that he should be put to death for killing a Louisiana State Penitentiary security officer more than 11 years ago.

The Advocate reports that the seven men and five women, who were chosen in St. Tammany Parish to hear the case, deliberated about 33 minutes Monday before returning the unanimous recommendation to presiding Judge Jerome M. Winsberg.

Clark, now 50, was convicted Sunday of first-degree murder in the slaying of Capt. David C. Knapps during an escape attempt from the prison's Camp D Education Building on Dec. 28, 1999. He is already serving a life sentence for murdering a Baton Rouge lounge employee in October 1984.

Four other inmates face first-degree murder trials in the slaying.

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