Man Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Coshocton County Double Homicide
August 28, 2015 - 12:42 PM
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COSHOCTON – Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine, Coshocton County
Prosecuting Attorney Jason Given, and Tuscarawas County Prosecuting
Attorney Ryan Styer announced today that an Ohio man has been sentenced
to serve life in prison without the possibility of parole for the
January murders of a Tuscarawas County husband and wife.
Clark, 30, of Dennison, pleaded guilty this morning to two counts of
aggravated murder, two counts of kidnapping, and one count each of
aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, and aggravated arson in
connection to the deaths of Doyle Chumney, 88, and Lillian Chumney, 79.
As part of the plea agreement, all remaining charges and
specifications, including death penalty specifications, were dismissed.
the plea, Coshocton County Common Pleas Judge Robert J. Batchelor
immediately sentenced Clark to life in prison without parole.
Chumneys were first reported missing from their Strasburg home on
January 21, 2015, and their remains were discovered the following day in
their vehicle, which was found abandoned and burned on a secluded road
in Coshocton County.
(Doyle Chumney and Lillian Chumney.
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to the investigation conducted by a multi-jurisdictional task force
formed to investigate the case, it is believed that Clark and his
co-defendant, Jeffery Stewart, 21, of New Philadelphia, kidnapped and
killed the couple after a home invasion. Authorities believe Clark shot
both victims before the defendants lit their car on fire. Clark was
arrested in early February in Mohave County, Arizona, after a nationwide
Coshocton County Prosecutor’s Office prosecuted the case with
assistance from prosecutors from Attorney General DeWine’s Special
Prosecutions Section and the Tuscarawas County Prosecutor's Office.
Agents from the Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation
(BCI) were also part of the task force that investigated the crime.
brutal and senseless crime shocked those across the state and the
nation, and this heartless killer deserves to spend the rest of his life
in prison paying for his vicious actions," said Attorney General
DeWine. "I commend the law enforcement officers and prosecutors who
worked incredibly hard to bring this defendant to justice."
plea agreement was made with the support of Mr. and Mrs. Chumney’s
family, who expressed concerns about the stress of a lengthy trial, a
potential death penalty sentencing phase, and appeals, which would have
hindered their ability to try to find closure as it relates to the
justice system,” said Coshocton County Prosecuting Attorney Jason
Given. “This outcome for the family would not have been possible
without the superb work of the Coshocton County Sheriff’s Office,
Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office, and BCI."
addition to BCI, authorities from the Coshocton County Sheriff’s
Office, Strasburg Police Department, Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office,
Coshocton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Tuscarawas County
Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, and Coshocton County Coroner’s Office
made up the task force that investigated the case.
who was arrested in late January after task force members released a
surveillance photograph of him at an area gas station, is scheduled to
go on trial in December.
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