Former APD officer makes first court appearance for murder charge

Former APD Officer Vontrey Clark made his first appearance Wednesday in a Bastrop County courtroom. He is charged with the murder of Kyle Victim Service Coordinator Samantha Dean.

On Wednesday morning, a dozen of Samantha Dean's friends and family members walked into a Bastrop County courtroom. Some of them were wearing shirts with a photo of Dean on the back.

Investigators say the Kyle Police Department victim service coordinator's body was found behind a shopping center west of Bastrop on February 3rd.

She had been shot in the head three times. She was seven months pregnant with a baby girl whom she had named Madeline. 
 
Investigators zeroed in on father of dean's unborn child--32-year-old Vontrey Clark. Clark is accused of conspiring with several others to kill dean because she refused to have an abortion. 
 
Clark flew to Indonesia in July--one day before he was supposed to show for a meeting at APD where he was employed as an officer.
 
Chief Art Acevedo had these choice words for him at the time, "If you're innocent, prove it. Come over here and face the music."
 
Federal agents arrested Clark and brought him back to the states. He was booked into the Bastrop County Jail in September on the charge of capital murder.
 
"I believe everyone connected with this case is relieved to be at this point," said Sheriff Terry Pickering.
 
At Clark's first court appearance Wednesday, he pleaded not guilty for the crime.
 
His attorney filed a number of motions requesting discovery, or access to evidence prosecutors have gathered. The attorney also asked for a gag order prohibiting all witnesses, attorneys and staff from making any statements to the media. 
 
As Dean's supporters left the courthouse, no words were needed... hugs and tears said it all.
 
Three others have been named in connection to this case. Clark's friend, Kevin Watson, is charged with capital murder. Kyla Fisk is accused of trying to help cover up the murder, and Aaron Williams is charged with intimidating a key witness. 
 
Clark's next hearing is set for February 24th.
 
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