DESMOND CLARK CASE Convicted Killer Moves For New New Trial In Domestic Violence Horror Story
Reported by: Bob Aaron
Videographer: Bob Aaron
Web Producer: Bob Aaron
Reported: Mar. 9, 2012 6:05 PM EST
Updated: Mar. 9, 2012 6:20 PM EST
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, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
Desmond Clark--pretty much the Charleston poster boy for extreme domestic violence--was back in court Friday . He's trying back out of his guilty plea in 2008 murder of his girlfriend, Nalisha Gravely.
He chased her into a busy Charleston Taco Bell and shot her six times. Clark plead guilty to first degree murder in 2009, but got life without parole not the life with mercy he says he expected. He claims his trial lawyer told him he was almost certain to get mercy and parole eligibilty in 15 years.
Clark testified he was stoned on Xanax and booze and doesn't remember what happened. His new lawyer claims his trial public defender didn't use his mental health information effectively and that he deserves a new trial.
Prosecutors say the judge told him he could get life without parole when he plead and says the defense simply didn't have much when they took the deal on the killing caught on video. A judge will decide on his bid for a new trial after lawyers submit final paperwork in 30 days.