Botched Exorcism Possible Motive in the Death of an Odessa Woman

Staff Report
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WEST ODESSA - A botched exorcism may be the motive in a West Odessa slaying.

New details after an Odessa man accused of murdering his wife speaks out.

Jan David Clark told prosecutors he held his wife face-down on the floor during an exorcism, but he didn't stop there.

In a probable cause statement, 60-year-old Jan David Clark said while performing the exorcism, the devil entered his body and caused his wife's death.  

Deputies found the body of Susan K. Clark wrapped in a bed sheet with a cross and sword on top of it, early Friday morning, after checking on a tip about a possible murder in the area of the 35-hundred block of Fergusen.

Deputies say they entered the home around 4:30 in the morning to find the body of Susan Kay Clark.

Her husband is now the prime suspect.

Clark is being held on a 300-thousand dollar bond at the Ector County Detention Center facing first degree murder charges.

Susan K. Clarks body has been sent for an autopsy.

It is unclear if Jan David Clark has yet to get an attorney.