Read, Year Four: Greg Clark Murder Investigation Led Astray

Posted: February 4, 2012 by lactoselazy in Uncategorized

Why the conduct of the Greg Clark murder investigation needs to be re-examined.

The Rockford Police are still actively seeking information about the Greg Clark murder. The Greg Clark murder investigation will be the focus of the first Winnebago County unsolved murder which will be featured soon on the new Rockford Police Website:

Rockford police website to turn spotlight on unsolved murder

Attorney Greg Clark was callously murdered on February 6, 2008, and we sympathize with the grief and high emotions of his family. The family has been devastated by his death.

At the same time, in our opinion, we find it inappropriate that Attorney Barton Henbest, apparently finds it okay to state to the local media that the “case is solved”. Henbest cites his knowledge of information provided to the Winnebago County State’s Attorney by Rockford Police detectives to support his conclusion. wants to point out that, after 4 years, there is only one active criminal case in Winnebago County which dealing with the Greg Clark murder.  ONLY VERY PRELIMINARY INFORMATION CONCERNING THE  GREG CLARK MURDER INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN PROVIDED TO THE DEFENSE IN THAT CRIMINAL CASE . IN NO WAY DOES ANY OF IT SUPPORT HENBEST’S CONCLUSION THAT CLARK’S DEATH IS A SOLVED CASE.

As a matter of fact, the State maintains to the Court (Judge McGraw) as it’s basis that the murder investigation is “an ongoing murder investigation” and thus is presently asking for the court’s (in camera review) and strictest interpretation of the State’s responsibility to release of any additional information concerning the murder investigation to the defense. On May 8, 2012, Judge McGraw will issue his decision on what the State must release to the defense.  Only then will the defense be allowed a peek at some of this stuff.

Of course, it is our position that the State should have released all of this to the defense from the February 2008, start of the case. Every defendant has the right to be in the position of knowing what evidence is being used against them so as to enable them to have the time and/or opportunity to defend themselves.

So, we have to wonder and ask ourselves, “JUST WHO, HAS BEEN TALKING TO ATTORNEY HENBEST,” and providing him with information that is supposedly too secret or important to release to anyone else??????? We have to raise the question as to whether or not an irregularity in procedures has allowed a non-party to the proceeding unlawful access to information they should not have had?

The important quote from the May 6, 2012, Rockford Register-Star story is contained below:

“…Case solved
Barton Henbest, Clark’s law partner and son-in-law, believes the gunman responsible for Clark’s death is already behind bars, but not for the murder of Clark. Henbest was surprised to learn the case is slated to be featured on the police website as an unsolved murder.

“It’s a solved case,” he said. “It’s just an unprosecuted one.

“In my opinion, it needs to be prosecuted.”

Henbest said his desire for a prosecution is not just based on his 20-year friendship with Clark and the family’s need for closure.

“I know there are detectives in the Rockford Police Department who have put enough information in front of (the Winnebago County state’s attorney’s office), but they have made the decision not to go forward…”

  1. rhoda says:

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