Man who Shot Teen in 1996 is Denied Parole

A convicted killer from Dothan will remain behind bars for at least 5-more years.

William Everett Clark was convicted of murder in 1996 for the shooting death of 17-year-old Kenneth Martin.

It happened at the convenience store where Clark worked.

Clark insisted he did not intend to kill Martin, only fired a warning shot when the teenager ran after acting suspiciously.

Clark got a maximum sentence of life behind bars.

Tuesday, his case went before the state parole board.

Attorney General Troy King and District Attorney Doug Valeska attended the hearing and convinced the board to deny Clark's parole.

"How many years is your life worth if someone takes your life and you're gone forever? The bottom line is this case was tried by a jury, he was convicted of murder, and he received a life sentence. And he's only served basically a little less than 11 years and 11 years is not enough for a man's life," said Valeska

Valeska says Clark will eventually be paroled, but he will not be eligible for another hearing until 2012.


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  • by Ann Hardegree Location: Georgetown, GA on Aug 29, 2007 at 11:33 AM
    This guy should have never served a day in jail. What does this say for our system, the man that was shot was stealing, does this mean that theives can do as they please and there is no justice for the innocent? I know Doug Valeska, he is only trying to make a name for himself.
  • by mj Location: dothan on Aug 29, 2007 at 05:23 AM
    THE GUY SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN PAROLE. I REMEMBER WHEN THIS HAPPENED AND HE NEVER SHOULD HAVE GONE TO PRISON IN THE FIRST PLACE. HE WAS PROTECTING HIS FAMILY FROM A THIEF. WHAT WOULD OUR DA HAVE DONE?
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