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February 27, 2013

Clark takes stand in murder trial

Accused says he was in Tulsa at time of shooting

— Deandre Clark, accused of shooting and killing Ryan Satterfield in 2011, testified Tuesday he was in Tulsa when Satterfield was killed.

Testimony wrapped up Tuesday afternoon in Clark’s felony murder trial after just two days. Associate District Attorney Tim King concluded about 1 p.m. Defense attorney Larry Monard called one witness — Clark — before resting at about 3 p.m.

Clark, 19, and five other men (Tommy Dean Jr., 21; Frederick Watson, 19, Jordan Miller, 18, Martin Miller 19, and Troy Dufur, 18) are charged in Satterfield’s death.

Clark is accused of shooting and killing Satterfield, 17, at a house in the 1500 block of East Okmulgee Avenue on Nov. 23, 2011, during a robbery.

Clark told jurors he had been in Tulsa for most of the night of the shooting before coming to Muskogee, a place he said he had lived in before but hadn’t visited for “about five months.”

Clark said he was at a residence in Port City Acres with his cousin, Martin Miller — also charged with first-degree felony murder in Satterfield’s death — and three women. Clark said he had been there for only 30 minutes when police arrived and took him into custody.

King responded to Clark’s statements by playing video from an interview of Clark by investigator Rob Frazier at the Muskogee Police Department the night of the shooting. In it, Clark says he had been with Tommy Dean at a house on 13th Street “all night long.”

Clark told King he had been drunk that night, and had told the investigator that was a lie.

“I said it just to be saying stuff,” Clark told King. “It was all a lie.”

Clark said he drank a pint of gin the night of the shooting.

Frazier testified he had not smelled alcohol on Clark’s breath that night, nor had he suspected Clark was under the influence of any intoxicants that didn’t produce a smell.

King told Clark that if he had been driven to Muskogee from Tulsa by a friend, as Clark had testified, that person’s testimony could have exonerated him. As could have testimony from Clark’s mother, who Clark testified he had been with that night.

Clark said his friend who drove him said she would testify but, “I guess she isn’t going to.” He also said his mother had declined to testify on his behalf because she has warrants in Muskogee County.

Jurors will hear instructions at 9 a.m. today before both sides present their closing arguments. A verdict is expected sometime this afternoon.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

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