The Richmond man accused of killing a teenager, who sources say was breaking into cars in the south side, remains behind bars. Dominique Clark was arraigned Tuesday morning on a voluntary manslaughter charge.
Clark appeared by video for his hearing, which only lasted a few minutes. During it, he told the judge he could not afford an attorney; so he was appointed one.
The family of the victim, Robert Fox, put out a public plea to prosecutors.
"I want justice to be served, yes I do," Robert Fox, Sr. said.
According to sources, in the early morning hours of February 25, the 16-year-old was breaking into cars with other juveniles on McRand Street, where Dominique Clark lives. The details of exactly what happened will be revealed during trial, but the incident ended with Robert Fox dying from a gunshot wound.
"I really, truly believe that this was murder," his mom Patricia told us.
That was one of the charges the commonwealth's attorney brought to the grand jury, but it ended up indicting Clark on the lesser voluntary manslaughter charge.
"What we have to convince them of is that his behavior was reckless, that a reasonable person under circumstances that confronted him would have behaved differently," explained Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Herring.
Prosecutors say it is not common to give the grand jury options on charges, but they wanted the public to choose the appropriate count.
There was an interesting moment inside the courtroom when the judge originally thought Clark had been indicted on the second degree murder charge. The prosecutor corrected to the voluntary manslaughter charge and you could hear and see Clark react. He let out an audible sigh and pretended to wipe his forehead.
Herring says that fact that there is an indictment for any charge at all sends a powerful message to the public.
"That group of jurors to the extent that they represent the views of the community doesn't want to tolerate the use of deadly force under circumstances like this," he added. "If he thinks someone is engaged in a crime, retreat to his own safety and call the police. Don't take it upon yourself to be the police."
We are still waiting to hear back from Clark's attorney on whether or not the two have met yet. We expect he will file a bond motion soon.
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