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GI murder case sent to district court

Suspect facing four felony charges including second degree murder
Cody Clark is facing multiple charges following a shooting in rural Hall County.
Cody Clark is facing multiple charges following a shooting in rural Hall County.(KSNB)
Published: Feb. 9, 2021 at 3:44 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - A Grand Island man who is facing four felony charges will be back in court at the end of this month.

Cody Clark, 27, is charged with second degree murder, as well as, assault in the first degree, use of a deadly weapon to commit a felony and possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person.

On March 11, Clark waived his preliminary hearing and the case was sent to district court. He is scheduled to make his first appearance on March 30 at 9 a.m.

The charges against Clark stem from a situation that happened back in February.

Around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, deputies with the Hall County Sheriff’s office were called out to 4238 North Road S in reference to a domestic disturbance.

Court documents reveal deputies were advised a man, Donald Carlin, was shot in the head. He was taken to CHI Health St. Francis and later transferred to Bryan West in Lincoln. He died on Wednesday. He was 57.

Authorities were also made aware that a male, Clark, was leaving the residence.

In the probable cause statement written by Sergeant Joshua Moline, he said he observed Carlin laying on the living room floor, adding that he was not conscious but breathing at the time.

Sgt. Moline said he spoke with Melodie Carlin, who is Cody’s mother and Donald Carlin’s wife.

According to the court affidavit, she said that she and her husband had been arguing and that Cody had gotten involved. It goes on to say that Melodie stated she was in the kitchen while her husband and Cody were in the living room. Her husband then said “I’ve been shot” and fell to the floor, according to the affidavit. She said the two were the only people in the room. That’s when Melodie told police that Cody left the home.

Later a deputy located the vehicle that had left the scene and conducted a traffic stop, where Clark was placed into custody.

Law enforcement also located a 9mm handgun in a nearby ditch.

Clark’s bond is set at $750,000. He’ll need to pay 10 percent of it to be released.

He remains in the Hall County Jail.

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