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Man convicted in mom's death, cited puppy concern in trial

Published On: May 03 2013 10:17:16 AM CDT   Updated On: May 03 2013 02:45:15 PM CDT

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MADISON, Wis. -

A Wisconsin man accused of shooting and killing his mother was convicted Friday in an Juneau County court. He said he didn't report her death right away because he was more concerned with making sure her puppy would be OK.

Larry W. Clark of Big Flats was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse, forgery, identity theft and false information on a missing person in the 2010 shooting death of Marcella Clark.

A Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune report stated he testified that if he called police he'd end up in jail right away. He said that could have meant trouble for her cocker spaniel puppy because he hadn't yet trained it to interact with people.

Clark said he fired his handgun by accident and then passed out. He said when he awoke his mother was dead on the kitchen floor.

According to a release from the Attorney General, Clark killed his mother and left the body on a tarp in the woods. He then used his mother's checking accounts and credit cards at local stores.

Clark told several different stories to law enforcement officials about the whereabouts of his mother during the investigation of her disappearance the release said.

Larry Clark faces maximum sentence of life imprisonment. A sentencing date has not been set.

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