Office of the Attorney General News Release Archive
Friday, January 5, 2001
Jack Wade Clark Scheduled to be Executed
AUSTIN - Texas Attorney General John Cornyn offers the following information on Jack Wade Clark who is scheduled to be executed after 6 p.m., Tuesday, January 9th.
Jack Wade Clark was convicted and sentenced to death for the October 1989 rape and murder of Melisa Ann Garcia in Lubbock, Texas.
FACTS OF THE CRIME
The following is from the written confession Clark gave police. Clark's confession was used as evidence admitted at trial.
In the early morning hours of October 15, 1989, Clark saw Melisa Ann Garcia, who was making a telephone call at a public telephone. He approached her, asked her for a light for his cigarette, walked around the corner to wait for her to finish her call, and then stabbed her in the shoulder. He then forced her into her own car, drove it away, and sexually assaulted her. Garcia remained in a semi-conscious state as she was being raped. After sexually assaulting her, Clark stabbed Garcia in the heart. He drove her car and parked it near his house, cleaned the knife, and hid it in the attic.
Clark's confession was supported by the trial testimony of a high school honor roll student, who was in jail with Clark while he was in the Lubbock County Jail. Clark had confided in the inmate regarding his involvement in Garcia's murder. The witness testified that Clark bragged about how he had asked the victim for a lighter, stabbed her, forced her into the car, drove her somewhere, and raped her. Clark further explained to the witness that he stabbed her again so that she could not identify him, and that he had ground the knife down so that it could not be identified as the murder weapon. There was no evidence that the witness received any benefit for coming forward with Clark's jailhouse confession some six weeks after the witness was released from jail.
The state's pathologist confirmed both of the stab wounds as well as the injuries which were indicative of sexual assault, i.e. traumatized external genitalia, swelling of the vaginal area and various cuts and bruises. The evidence presented at trial also included testimony that the knife later retrieved from Clark showed evidence of recent grinding.
PRIOR CRIMINAL HISTORY
The state produced evidence of Clark's desertion from the Navy and the Army; assault and attempted rape of a relative; hostile and threatening behavior towards Children's Protective Services workers; neglect and abuse and lack of appropriate supervision of his children; threatening behavior toward a landlord and neighborhood boy; intimidating and threatening and assaultive behavior toward his neighbors; faking mental illness and suicidal thoughts in jail; possession of "shanks" in jail; intimidation of guards; and fighting with inmates.
Eight different courts, state and federal, including the United States Supreme Court have reviewed Clark's appeals and rejected them.
01/18/01 Alvin Goodwin (Montgomery County)
If this execution is carried out it will be the 241st execution since executions resumed in Texas in December 1982 and the 75th since Attorney General Cornyn took office.
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