Kenneth Clark photo
Kenneth Clark

A Cabool man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison in the death of a woman who was taken from the Houston Walmart Supercenter parking lot and later shot at Roby about four years ago.

During a court appearance on May 25, Kenneth Clark entered an Alford Plea to second-degree murder and kidnapping, which is a guilty plea in criminal court, whereby a defendant in a criminal case does not admit to the criminal act and asserts innocence, but admits that the evidence presented by the prosecution would be likely to persuade a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

On Monday, Circuit Judge John Beger sentenced Clark to 25 years on the murder charge and 15 on the kidnapping count. Both are to run concurrently.

Clark, 56, was earlier charged with first-degree murder, armed criminal action and kidnapping. He was accused of shooting Susan J. Campbell, 56, multiple times and then shooting himself. She was a military retiree who had previously worked for the National Security Agency. He was hospitalized in a St. Louis hospital, recovered and sent to the Texas County Jail, where he waited to stand trial.

Authorities said he forced Campbell, who had a restraining order against him, into a rental car on the Walmart Supercenter parking lot. Various law enforcement agencies scattered to search for the vehicle before it was found about two hours later near a Roby business at Highways 17 and 32. A witness said Clark, who was covered in blood, had reported that a woman was seriously injured. Authorities arrived and found the victim dead and Clark with a head wound. He was airlifted to the St. Louis hospital.

A separate crime scene was found at Lake Drive in the Roby Lake area, which is Mark Twain National Forest property. While processing that scene, officers found a handgun and several shell casings.

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