Attorney Seeks Delay in Murder Case With New Motion

By Abby Reed
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - The defense attorney for a man accused of suffocating his wife during a botched exorcism attempt is seeking to delay his client's trial.

Jan David Clark was arrested in 2008, when police say he killed his 59-year-old wife.  On Wednesday, Clark's attorney, Lawrence Barber, filed a motion to suppress the autopsy results.  According to Barber, the autopsy results are inadmissible because they were performed in Tarrant County.

Barber cites the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure.  He says it states that Texas law requires medical examiners in the county to perform their own autopsies.

Ector County District Attorney Bobby Bland will not comment on the case, but told NewsWest 9 he has never seen a motion like this one.

Clark's trial is scheduled for September 14th.