Category: Carolyn Clark

Man gets life term in wife’s death

Custody dispute led to murder Ashtabula – Ralph Clark said he killed his wife, Carolyn, last May because he could not handle the pressure of her fleeing the state with his youngest children. “That made me snap,” Clark, 50, said at his sentencing Wednesday in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court. The father of 13 children will spend life in prison with no parole for 28 years for beating his wife to death with a rifle. “She was a beautiful personality, but inside she was a monster,” said Clark. “I loved her, but she had everyone fooled.” Clark pleaded guilty last

Man Sentenced for Murdering Wife

An Ashtabula County man who confessed to the murder of his estranged wife will spend most of the rest of his life behind bars. Ashtabula County Judge Ronald Vettel sentenced Ralph Clark to life in prison with the possibility of parole after twenty eight years. Back in may Clark beat his estranged wife Carolyn to death in front of their five youngest children. Carolyn Clark had filed for divorce shortly before her beating death.

Husband admits fatally beating wife with rifle

JEFFERSON | A man who told police he beat his estranged wife to death with a rifle butt when the gun jammed pleaded guilty on Friday to aggravated murder. “I purposely killed my wife,” Ralph Clark said in a plea hearing in Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court. Judge Ronald Vettel agreed to delay sentencing until next Wednesday so that Clark’s children could attend. Police said Clark, 44, on May 7 beat his estranged wife, 43-year-old Carolyn Clark, in the head with the stock of a rifle in front of the youngest five of their 13 children. Clark earlier had pleaded

Man pleads guilty in wife’s slaying

Was killed while trying to flee church she called cult Ashtabula — Ralph Clark faces at least 28 years in prison for killing his estranged wife, who was trying to flee a church she claimed was more cult than Christian. Clark, 44, of Jefferson, pleaded guilty Friday to the aggravated murder of Carolyn Clark in May. He told Ashtabula County Common Pleas Judge Ronald Vettel that he intended to kill himself as well, but the rifle broke after he clubbed his wife to death. In earlier court hearings, Clark said he killed her to prevent her from taking his five

Lawyer: Man accused of killing wife to plead innocent by insanity

ASHTABULA, Ohio – A man accused of beating his wife to death will plead innocent by reason of insanity in a case that has captured regional attention because of its connection to a controversial church, the man’s lawyer said. “We’ll enter a plea of insanity,” attorney Hobart Shiflet said of his client, Ralph E. Clark, 43, of Ashtabula. Police said Clark on May 7 beat his estranged wife, 43-year-old Carolyn Clark, in the head with the stock of a rifle in front of the youngest five of their 13 children. After her death, news spread about legal papers Carolyn Clark

Gathering urges full probe of church

Jefferson – Wearing a white T-shirt with a photo of Carolyn Clark on it, Joanne Scruggs of Geneva set the tone for the town hall meeting Monday to address the investigation into Clark’s death. “We are going to be Carolyn’s voice,” Scruggs said as the crowd of 100 church and community members roared in agreement. “She died so others could be saved. We as Christians have to come together.” Clark, 43, of Plymouth Township, was found beaten to death early May 7 at an Ashtabula home where she had been staying. She was trying to leave her estranged husband and

Father of 13 is indicted on murder counts

Plymouth Twp. man faces charges in death of wife An Ashtabula County murder suspect is on the fast track to trial, following his accelerated indictment Thursday on three murder charges. Less than a week after the beating death of Carolyn Clark, 43, of Ashtabula, an Ashtabula County grand jury indicted her husband, Ralph E. Clark Sr., 43, of Plymouth Township, in connection with the May 7 killing. In Context Relatives say Carolyn Clark wanted to leave religious group Ashtabula resident charged with murder, accused of beating his wife to death with a rifle County Prosecutor Thomas Sartini confirmed Friday that

Man held in killing

Ashtabula resident charged with murder, accused of beating his wife to death with a rifle Ralph Clark Sr. was quiet and respectful as he answered questions Monday in Ashtabula Municipal Court during his arraignment on an aggravated murder charge. Clark is accused of using a rifle to fatally beat his wife, Carolyn A. Clark, 43, of 4227 Park Ave., Ashtabula, early Saturday morning. Magistrate Jon T. Field ruled that Clark should be held without bond, pending a preliminary hearing on the charge, which is a first-degree felony. Helen Waites, who owns the Park Avenue duplex and lived downstairs from Carolyn,

Escape leads to death

Relatives say Carolyn Clark wanted to leave religious group ASHTABULA — A woman found slain Saturday may have been involved in a cult-like sect, family members say. Deitra Butts of Atlanta, Ga., and Alicia Taylor of Columbia, S.C., both close relatives of the murdered Carolyn Clark, 43, said in separate interviews that victim Carolyn Clark’s desire to leave a strict cult-like group in Jefferson area sparked outrage in the group’s elders. “That church has complete control of their members,” Taylor said. Carolyn Clark, who’s 23-year marriage to Ralph Clark was arranged, became distraught when her own 17-year-old daughter was to