12-29-2014, 05:15 PM #1
NC - John Clark, 74, found buried at his Morganton home, 18 Dec 2014
Officers with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office began searching for John Bailey Clark, 74, of 5576 Rose Carswell Road, after family members reported him missing on Dec. 18, according to documents from the Burke County Clerk of Court’s Office.
After visiting Clark’s home, officers found a trail of blood and drag marks coming out of the residence. Investigators followed the trail to Clark’s bedroom, where they found more blood and what appeared to be a blood spatter on the wall under the bed, and a dried pool of blood in the bed under the pillow, according to the search warrant.
Outside the home, investigators followed what appeared to be blood droplets to an area in the front yard which showed signs of recent digging. The victim’s body was discovered there in a shallow grave.
Family told police they saw Clark alive the day before, on Wednesday around 6 p.m.
Authorities say they aren't sure what the intruder was looking for. Relatives also seemed confused on what an intruder would have been after. They said John Clark had no money and wasn't on any type of medication that would interest anyone. The family described him as a recluse, a hermit who rarely went out, and someone who would never hurt anyone.
The Burke County Sheriff's Office said details surrounding Clark's death are being kept confidential until they investigate further. The State Bureau of Investigation is assisting in the investigation.
12-29-2014, 06:34 PM #2
Hmmm...... Why would an 'intruder' go to all the effort of dragging him from the house & burying him ?" The more we learn, the more we discover how much we do not know. "
02-24-2015, 10:39 PM #3
Officials with the Burke County Sheriff’s Office have confirmed Clark was killed by a gunshot. Investigators would not reveal how many times or in what areas the victim had been shot.
BCSO is continuing to investigate the case, and conducted a related interview earlier this week...
Although BCSO set up a dedicated hotline at 828-391-0268 for information on the case, and Morganton-Burke Crime Stoppers offered a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to an arrest, officials say none of the tips called in so far have panned out.
12-06-2015, 04:53 AM #4
The Burke County Sheriff's Office has issued a news release indicating that a suspect is in custody who may be charged in connection with a murder that occurred close to a year ago. That suspect's name has not been released.
On Thursday, December 18, 2014, 74-year-old John Bailey Clark of 5576 Rose Carswell Road, Morganton, North Carolina was found deceased at his residence...
01-07-2016, 10:34 AM #5
From last month:
Justin Sullivan, a Morganton teenager accused of plotting to kill hundreds of people in support of the Islamic State, fits the profile of many of the Americans charged with working on behalf of the terrorist organization, according to a study released this month. Except for this: His family noticed his apparent radicalization and sought help...
Sullivan’s name has surfaced this week in connection with the December 2014 shooting death of John Bailey Clark, 74, whose body was found in a shallow grave near his home on Rose Carswell Road.... He lived on the same street as Sullivan.
Clark’s death had remained unsolved until the Burke County Sheriff’s Department issued a weekend press release saying it has “a suspect who is currently in custody on other charges.”
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03-15-2016, 02:25 AM #7NC prosecutors to seek death penalty for alleged ISIS sympathizer
North Carolina prosecutors said Monday they would seek the death penalty against a Morganton teen and self-proclaimed Islamic convert who was indicted in the death of one of his neighbors.
Justin Sullivan, 19, was given a true bill of indictment in February in the death of 74-year-old John Bailey Clark. Clark's body was found buried in his yard on Rose Carswell Road in December 2014 after police went to perform a welfare check at his home.
In court Monday, Sullivan told the judge he understood the charges and because the state announced it would see the death penalty, the judge said two attorneys would be appointed to represent him. No date was set for the next hearing on the state charges. Sullivan is slated to go to trial on the federal charges in Asheville in October.
08-19-2016, 10:29 AM #8A North Carolina teenager accused of plotting a terror attack in the United States communicated with a member of ISIS known as 'Mr Terror' as he developed his plans, a federal indictment alleges.
Justin Nojan Sullivan, 19, spoke with Junaid Hussain in June last year through social media about making a video of a terrorist attack in the United States to be used by ISIS, according to the indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Charlotte on Tuesday.
08-25-2016, 11:08 AM #9A Morganton man accused of plotting attacks in support of the Islamic State terror group and killing a neighbor as practice pleaded not guilty during a federal court hearing Wednesday.
Justin Nojan Sullivan's attorney entered the plea on her client’s behalf and said he wants a jury trial.
Sullivan did not appear in U.S. Federal District Court but remained jailed in the Buncombe County Detention Facility, where he has been held since September 2015.
A trial has been set for Oct. 31, according to court proceedings. Sullivan faces a maximum penalty of life in prison
10-07-2016, 12:32 AM #10The federal trial of the man accused of killing his neighbor and lending support to a terrorist organization has been continued.
Federal court documents say the trial of Justin Nojan Sullivan has been moved forward to the Jan. 3 trial term.
The case was previously set for trial during the Oct. 31 term but after a status conference on Sept. 28 with attorneys on both sides, the court found the case should be continued, according to case filings.
Yesterday, 08:50 AM #11Registered User
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Terror suspect pleads guilty
Morganton resident Justin Nojan Sullivan pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to one count of attempting to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries.
The charge carries a sentence of between 30 years to life and a fine of $250,000, according to federal court officials. Sullivan will be sentenced on the charge at a later date but under the plea agreement, the parties have agreed that a sentence of life in prison is an appropriate one, according to federal officials.John Bailey Clark lived a few houses down from Sullivan and was found buried in a shallow grave behind his house on Dec. 18, 2014. He had been shot in the head three times with a small-caliber gun. Ballistics testing on the rifle that federal agents seized from Sullivan's home showed it was used to murder Clark, according to federal officials.
A grand jury in Burke County indicted Sullivan for the murder of Clark. District Attorney David Learner was at Sullivan’s federal plea hearing on Tuesday but would not comment about the murder case. Learner previously has said that he will seek the death penalty against Sullivan.
Yesterday, 06:48 PM #12
Justin Nojan Sullivan
Sullivan also faces state charges in the death of his neighbor, John Bailey Clark, who was killed in December 2014.
At the hearing Tuesday, he didn't say he had killed Clark; however, prosecutors reserved the right to prove the charge at the sentencing hearing...
Authorities have said Sullivan killed Clark and stole the man's money so he could buy an assault rifle to carry out the attacks.
Yesterday, 06:52 PM #13Federal authorities were first made aware of the teen's alleged plot when his father, Richie Sullivan, told emergency dispatchers on April 21 that his son was destroying religious items in their home.
'I don't know if it is ISIS or what, but he is destroying Buddhas and figurines and stuff,' Mr Sullivan, a former Marine, said, according to the criminal complaint filed on Monday. 'I mean, we are scared to leave the house.'
In the background of the call, his son was heard asking: 'Why are you trying to say I am a terrorist?'
When an undercover FBI employee made contact with Sullivan on June 6, the teen told him via email that he was a a Muslim convert, according to court documents.
"I liked IS from the beginning then I started thinking about death and stuff so I became Muslim,' he said, according to the complaint.
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