Commonwealth v. James Ferlon Clark
Pulaski County Circuit Court
Case Numbers CR07-380, CR07-383, CR07-386,
CR07-387, CR07-453, CR07-455, and CR07-456
Tried to Jury by K. Mike Fleenor, Jr.
Multiple Sex Crimes, Use of a Firearm, Kidnapping; Serving 320 years
In one of the strangest and most brutal sex crimes in Pulaski County history, James Ferlon Clark is everyone’s nightmare. In the winter of 2007, Clark knocked on the door of an apartment in Dublin. A young female paraplegic (victim 1) lived there with her nurse, a young pregnant female (victim 2). Thinking it was one of the neighborhood children, victim 1 opened the door. Clark then entered the home wearing a red bandanna over his face and brandishing a firearm. After a brief conversation with victim 1, he climbed onto her hospital bed and began to rape her. Perhaps thinking that he did not want to leave DNA evidence at the scene, Clark wore a condom. During the rape of victim 1, he heard a noise from the back of the apartment. Thinking it was someone else, he stopped the rape and went down the hall to discover victim 2.
Victim 2 was not only pregnant, but she had her own small child, a 3 year old toddler with her. Clark told victim 1 to hold the toddler while he began to sodomize and rape Victim 2 with his penis and a lotion bottle. After his attack on victim 2, he went back to victim 1 and asked her about her disability. She explained that she had become paralyzed from the waist down after an automobile accident. Not believing that she had no feeling in the lower part of her body, Clark extinguished a lit cigarette on victim 1’s genitals. After several hours of threatening the two victims, Clark sat in a rocking chair and fell asleep.
Seeing an opportunity to get help, victim 1 called 911 and the police were at the house within a matter of minutes. Clark was awakened at the sound of knocking on the front door and escaped out a back window. After a lengthy search, Clark was found hiding in the back of a vehicle several miles away. Clark was interviewed and made a number of statements in which he at first denied that he was at the home, then admitted being there but claimed the sex acts were consensual. DNA evidence from the condom and other items confirmed Clark’s presence. Both victims were examined and found to have suffered significant injuries which further confirmed their claims sexual assault.
Clark pled not guilty and a three day jury trial was held in Pulaski County Circuit Court. After dramatic testimony of the two victims, Clark took the stand to testify that all of the sexual acts were consensual. On cross examination Fleenor asked Clark if he expected the jury to believe that two strangers would have consensual sex with him. Clark’s reply was, “As you can see Mr. Fleenor, I’m not a bad looking guy!” Although the physical evidence against him was compelling, Clark’s own testimony was so outrageous that it solidified his conviction. After several hours of deliberation, the jury returned verdicts of guilty of two counts of rape, two counts of forcible sodomy, object sexual penetration, and two counts of abduction. At sentencing, the jury imposed a sentence of 320 years in the state penitentiary. Clark is currently serving that sentence at Red Onion State Penitentiary, the Commonwealth’s Super Max prison.