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Man is convicted of first-degree murder in Oklahoma City shooting of tree-trimmer

Oklahoma City jury returns first-degree murder conviction for Davion Pollard in the killing of Jerry Clark Jr., which was prompted in part by color of Clark's shirt.
by Tim Willert Modified: March 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm •  Published: March 16, 2013

A jury in Oklahoma County took less than 90 minutes Friday to convict a man of first-degree murder in the ambush killing of a tree-trimmer mistaken for a rival gang member.

Davion Pollard, 18, of Oklahoma City, faces life in prison for the June 8, 2011, shooting death of Jerry Clark Jr., 45.

Testimony indicated the shooting came after Clark's assailants mistakenly believed that his orange work shirt indicated he was a member of a competing gang.

Clark, 45, worked for a tree-trimming company and was visiting his aunt moments before the shooting.

“Justice was served,” said Marcella Clark, the victim's sister.

“My brother was the king of our family.”

Pollard and three co-defendants, including one who testified against him, intended to rob Clark after he drove his white Cadillac down a street in northeast Oklahoma City claimed by Pollard's gang.

Prosecutors said Clark didn't belong to a gang and didn't have a criminal record.

“This killing was absolutely senseless,” Assistant District Attorney Dan Gridley said in his closing argument. “They took this man's life because of the color of his shirt.”

Jurors also found Pollard guilty of conspiring to rob Clark at gunpoint and recommended 10 years in prison.

He is set to be sentenced April 3 by District Judge Glenn M. Jones.

Prosecutors told the jury Friday that a gun police found on the floorboard of a car Pollard was driving about 10 days after the killing matched a projectile found at the scene.

Clark was shot to death in the driveway of his aunt's house in the 2100 block of NE 28.

Gridley told the jury Clark was carrying $70 and refused to get out of the car when he was ordered to do so at gunpoint.

Co-defendant Chase Calton, 16, testified Thursday that he and three co-defendants decided to rob Clark because he was wearing orange and driving a Cadillac and thought to have money and drugs for the taking.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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