BANGOR – The prosecution continued their side of the Philip Clark case Tuesday in day three of the murder trial.
He is accused of shooting and killing his sister-in-law Renee Clark in July of 2018.
Renee Clark’s mother in Florida testified by video chat.
Sharon McCay said on the day her daughter died, she talked on the phone with her three times.
The next day, Hampden Police Dept. were at the property Phil, Renee, and her estranged husband Frank all once lived.
In opening statements Friday, Lisa Bogue, the assistant attorney general said, “and Philip wasn’t answering his door, so they left and they came back … but eventually, they look through Renee’s back door and saw drops of red brown stains that looked like blood.”
While our cameras weren’t allowed in court Tuesday, the testimony of a Hampden deputy chief reflected what he said at a suppression hearing last month.
“I said ‘You killed her?’ And he said, ‘Yes,’ or he said ‘Mhmm’ indicative of a yes. And I said, ‘How did you kill her?’ And he said, ‘I shot her,’” said Deputy Chief Scott Webber at the suppression hearing.
To accommodate schedules, the defense got to call a witness of their own Tuesday, Marianne Lynch. The district attorney for Penobscot County was the assistant DA at the time of the crime.
She said she got a phone call late on July 11 from Father Anthony Cipolle, Renee’s spiritual advisor.
Lynch said the Bangor priest was agitated over a physical fight with Phil Clark at the Hampden property that night.
She said she was disturbed he was admitting a potential crime to her, and tried to end the call.
That fight was brought up by the defense in opening statements.
On Friday, defense attorney Logan Perkins said Phil was, “under this continued onslaught, and you’ll learn that there was a deliberate strategy between Renee and Father Anthony Cipolle to evict Phil out of his apartment.”
When asked Tuesday about how she thinks the trial is going so far, Perkins reiterated that it’s more complicated than it initially seems and that there was a lot of buildup leading to the shooting.