UPDATE: Mingo County Mother Gets Maximum Sentence in Husband's Death

By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email
By: WSAZ News Staff, The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 2/6/12 @ 11:30 a.m.
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A mother from Mingo County will spend decades in prison for the death of her husband.

Crystal Seigler-Clark was sentenced on Monday.

She pleaded guilty last month to shooting her husband, David, inside their home last May. Then, police say she took off with their daughter. Days later, she turned herself into police in Tennessee.

The toddler was found unharmed.

During her hearing Monday, the judge sentenced Clark to 40 years in prison. That was the maximum sentence.



UPDATE 5/10/11 @ 5:30 p.m.
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It was an emotional day Tuesday for those who know and love Crystal Siegler-Clark. Just the first sight of her being led into the courtroom was too much for many people in her family, including Crystal's grandmother.

"It's a very tough day," Connie Starr said. "I mean, you can't explain it. It's just beyond what you'd expect. It's just something I wouldn't want any family to go through."

Clark is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband, David Matthew Clark. Police say last month, Crystal shot her husband twice at their home in Varney before taking the couple's child and hitting the road.

Crystal's grandmother says she'll never forget that first call.

"When the call came through that this had happened, we were unprepared," Starr said. "We were shocked, and we're still in shock."

The family says even now, they just can't imagine Crystal could be responsible for such a vicious crime.

"It isn't like Crystal," Starr said. "No, Crystal was never this type of person. We don't know what happen. We don't understand what happened. She's the only one that knows ... if it was her."

The Clark family did not have a comment following Tuesday's hearing,

Crystal's friends and family say he was a great husband and father, and that's what makes this entire ordeal even harder to understand.

"To us, he was a good boy," Starr said. "We didn't see -- we just don't understand. We don't understand."

The couple's two children are now in state custody. Several family members have shown interest in taking the kids, but the judge decided to wait to determine custody.



ORIGINAL STORY 5/10/11 @ 5:30 p.m.
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Crystal Seigler Clark, who's accused of killing her husband and taking off with her daughter, has been extradited back to West Virginia.

On Friday, Mingo County Sheriff's deputies brought Clark back from Tennessee. That's where she turned herself in to federal marshals last week.

Her 13-month-old baby, Chloe Clark, was with her at the time.

Crystal Clark is charged with murder.

Her estranged husband, David Clark, was found dead in a home in Varney.



UPDATE 4/28/11 @ 12:05 p.m.
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman wanted in connection with killing her husband has turned herself in to authorities.

The Chief Deputy of the Mingo County Sheriff's Department tells WSAZ.com that Crystal Seigler Clark, 33, called a relative and told them she was in Tennessee and her young daughter Chloe Clark was okay. She told the relative that she wanted to turn herself in the authorities.

This happened in the town of Jackson, Tennessee.

According to the Chief Deputy, the relative called police and US Marshals picked her up. They're still on the scene -- the baby is okay.

Crystal Seigler Clark is wanted in connection with the death of her husband, David Clark.

He was found shot to death Tuesday at a home on Spice Branch Road in Varney.

Deputies tell WSAZ.com they believed Crystal took off with her daughter in a silver Plymouth Voyager minivan headed to Tennessee or North Carolina.

Clark will be extradited to West Virginia.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 4/27/11 @ 6:20 p.m.
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A family has been torn apart with a husband found dead, his wife wanted for murder and their baby girl caught in the middle.

The homicide investigation has now turned into a desperate search for the missing mom and child.

Waiting by the phone is all Gary Starr has done since his granddaughter, Crystal Seigler-Clark, and great-granddaughter, Chloe Clark, disappeared.

“We'd like to know where she's at,” Starr said. “We have no idea. We wished in some manner she'd notify us to let us know where she's at and if she's alright.”

Starr just returned from Tennessee, only to hear that Chloe’s father, David Clark, had been killed by two gun shots.

“The phone call came, and it just changes everything,” Starr said. “You just go into hysterics, as the saying goes.”

Now, Chloe and her mother are gone. Deputies are charging Seigler with David Clark's murder and they also suspect she abducted Chloe, so an amber alert was sent out Tuesday night. They say the two parents had joint custody of the child, but at least one of them was trying to change that.

“I think they was having a little bit of trouble, and we believe a custody battle was about ready to get started,” Chief James Smith with the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office said.

While deputies prepare to question Seigler, her grandfather says there's no question about her innocence.

“I just can't accept that she'd do something like that,” Starr said.

In the meantime, he sits and stares at an untouched pile of toys, waiting for Chloe and her mother to come home.

“All we do is just sit and hope and pray that we get a phone call,” Starr said.

He says Seigler does not have a cell phone, and there's no way to reach her.

A warrant is out for her arrest in connection with her husband's murder.

Deputies believe she could either be on her way to North Carolina, where she used to live, or Tennessee where she has family.

They say she's driving a silver Plymouth Voyager minivan with North Carolina tags. The license plate number is ABM2212.

If you have any information on where Chloe is, please contact the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office at (304) 235-8551, the West Virginia State Police or your local 911 center.



UPDATE 4/27/11 @ 5 p.m.
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A Mingo County woman is now wanted for murder.

Mingo County Chief Deputy James Smith tells WSAZ.com that Crystal Seigler Clark has been charged with the murder of her estranged husband, David Clark.

He was found shot to death in Varney, Tuesday.

Police around the region are still searching for Crystal and the couple's 13-month-old little girl.

An amber alert has been issued for 13-month-old Chloe Clark.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 4/26/11 @ 10:50 p.m.
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Aside from a homicide, police are investigating a child abduction in connection with the incident that happened Tuesday afternoon in the Spice Branch area of Mingo County.

According to an Emergency Alert System message, 13-month-old Chloe Clark was abducted from Varney in Mingo County. Chloe is a white girl who's 28 inches tall and has brown hair and brown eyes. The Amber Alert was issued Tuesday night.

Chloe was last seen at home on Sunday and is believed to be in "extreme danger," according to the alert. Authorities advise the child was likely abducted by Crystal Seigler Clark. She is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs about 120 pounds and has green eyes and brown hair.

Deputies say Seigler is the estranged wife of David Clark who was found shot to death on Tuesday in Mingo County. Investigators say Clark was shot twice.

Mingo County Sheriff's Chief James Smith said Wednesday the mother is also wanted for questioning in the fatal shooting of Clark, who is Chloe's father.

Mingo County Dispatchers say Seigler is driving a silver 2000 Plymouth Voyager minivan with North Carolina tags. The plate number is ABM2212.

Investigators believe they could be headed to North Carolina or Tennessee where Seigler has family ties.

Seigler's grandfather, Gary Starr, says the family just wants her to come home.

Deputies tell WSAZ.com Seigler and her husband had joint custody of the child. However, investigators say they believe a custody battle was brewing between the couple.

To see photos of both Seigler and Chloe, click on the photo link above.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Chloe, please contact the Mingo County Sheriff Department at 304-235-8551, the West Virginia State Police or your local 911 center.



ORIGINAL STORY
MINGO COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man was found dead in his home and now police are investigating it as a homicide.

Chief Deputy James Smith with the Mingo County Sheriff's Department tells WSAZ.com that they received the call about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The house is located in the Spice Branch area of Mingo County.

Chief Deputy Smith says they looking for the man's wife, Crystal Seigler, and 13-month-old baby. Seigler's photo can be seen by clicking the photo link above.

According to Chief Deputy Smith, she was last seen Monday driving a silver mini-van with North Carolina plates. Seigler, 33, is 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs about 120 pounds, and has green eyes and brown hair.

Deputies are investigating this as a homicide.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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