By Nick Dobis, News Web/Social media Producer
The preliminary hearing for Donald Clark, the man charged with the triple murders in Magalia in June of this year, has been postponed to allow Clark to undergo a mental evaluation. A doctor will be appointed to see if Clark is mentally fit to stand trial. The doctor’s evaluation is expected to be released at Clark’s next court appearance on November 12.
72-year-old Clark has been formally charged with the murders of 17-year-old Richard Jones, 15-year-old Roland Lowe, and 46-year-old Collen Lowe, all from Sacramento. Clark has also been charged with one count of arson. He pled not guilty to the charges on June 25.
On the early morning of June 13, 2013, Butte County Sheriffs located an Acura in flames on the Skyway near Hupp-Coutelanc Road north of Magalia. After extinguishing the flames officials found three bodies inside who were eventually identified as the three previously mentioned victims. According to Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, Jones had stayed at Clark’s residence in previous summers, but reportedly had a falling out with Clark last year after Clark accused Jones of stealing.
Despite the alleged falling out, Ramsey stated the three victims reportedly drove the Acura, which was reported stolen with the Sacramento Police Department, to Clark’s residence on June 12 where prosecutors state Clark shot the victims with a 12-guage shotgun. Clark then allegedly loaded the victims into the back of the stolen car, drove the vehicle to Hupp-Coutlelenc Road, set the car on fire then rode a bicycle he brought with him the 7.5 miles back to his residence, according to the prosecution’s case.
Detectives stated in June they located the shotgun used in the crime along with other undisclosed evidence at a storage unit in the Chico area.