HAMPDEN – The murder trial of a Hampden man accused of shooting his sister-in-law last July is scheduled to start later this year.
The bullet-ridden body of Renee Clark, 49, was found July 12, 2018 in an apartment above a closed store in Hampden.
“She was a very special person. She was a wonderful person,” said Dom Crocitto, an ex-husband of Clark who was married to her between 2004 and 2008.
Clark’s brother-in-law, Phillip Clark, 56, is charged with her murder.
Frank “Chuck” Clark III who was Renee Clark’s husband and brother of her accused killer, said Thursday that a lot of details about the case have yet to be revealed.
He declined to go on camera but said he believes his wife’s spiritual provider was also her lover, who beat up his brother the day Clark died.
Hampden police have said the Rev. Anthony Cipolle was involved in an “altercation” with Philip Clark at the Kennebec Road apartment on July 11, 2018.
David Bate who is representing Phillip Clark said his client had two broken ribs and a bruised kidney from the scuffle with Cipolle.
The priest took a leave of absence from his post at the St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Bangor in December for “personal reasons,” the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland announced at the time.
Prosecutors argued in December to be allowed to read Clark’s spiritual journal.
Attorney Charlie Gilbert, who is representing the priest, said Thursday he expects a decision about the diary shortly since the trial is scheduled to start in mid-November.
Chuck Clark said he would be at the murder trial to support his brother and also to support the memory of his wife, and her family.
Crocitto said the last year has not been easy.
“Very rough. Very rough on the family but we’re pulling together as a family,” he said, standing in his yard in Winterport.
He added he also will be in the courtroom.
“I will do what I need to support the kids,” Crocitto said. “I want to be there for the children. It’s going to be very tough. And the sooner it’s over the better.”
Whether Clark’s spiritual journal will be released is still a decision being made by Justice William Anderson.