BANGOR – Day two of the Philip Clark trial saw multiple Hampden police officers testifying about calls to Kennebec Road in Hampden in the weeks and days before Renee Clark was found dead in July of 2018.
In June, Renee’s estranged husband Frank was served a protection from abuse order, keeping him from the Hampden home where his brother Philip also lived. The same day, Philip called in a burglary, claiming Renee had stolen a safe, tools, and other things he needed for work.
The prosecution has been clear…
“Philip Clark shot at Renee seven or eight times until he emptied the gun. And then he reloaded and he wanted to do it again,” said Assistant Attorney General Lisa Bogue during opening statements on Friday.
Our cameras were not allowed in court Monday, but police dash cam video and body microphones showed police arriving to the Hampden residence after a fight between Philip and Father Anthony Cipolle, a local Catholic priest Renae confided in.
That happened the same weekend Renee was found dead.
The defense is not denying the shooting, but has pointed to events that maybe angered Philip.
“You stop acting rationally, you stop acting with any kind of forethought or planning,” said Logan Perkins, a defense attorney for Philip Clark, on Friday.
Renee called police that evening after getting word her estranged husband Frank was back at the home.
In audio played in court, Father Cipolle told police Renee had wanted support, and Philip had approached him about his missing work tools.
Philip told police the priest beat him up.
“He fell to the ground. He fell to the ground and Father Anthony Cipolle kicked him while he was down,” said Perkins during opening statements on Friday.
In audio played in court, Cipolle told police Philip spat at him and smacked him first, at one point telling officers, “I just want to make sure she’s safe.”
Cipolle later got angry with police, ripped up his statement and drove off.
The defense has said Cipolle has a subpoena to appear in court later this week.