Motive in weekend Cumberland County murder was burglary

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The motive in the homicide of a Cumberland County woman Saturday night was aggravated burglary, according to reports.

A suspect was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with her murder.

Kirk Douglas Clark, 35, of Clarkrange, was charged with first-degree murder; possession of a prohibited weapon; and unlawful possession of a weapon; altering, falsifying or forging a vehicle registration.

Clark was arrested during a traffic stop by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on Interstate Drive at the Travel Plaza.

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A woman in the car, Doreal Marie Clark, 35, was also arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a prohibited weapon.

The shooting happened just after 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the Tansi community. Linda Damewood, 74, was found dead at the scene. Andrew Schran, 63, and Ellen Caims, 73, also had gunshot wounds.

During the course of the investigation, it was discovered that a black safe and purse were stolen from Damewood’s house. During interviews, Kirk Clark admitted to acquiring two weapons and disposing of the safe and purse.

Investigators believe that Damewood was shot with a different caliber weapon that Schen and Caims. 

Damewood’s body has been sent to the medical examiner for an autopsy.

Kirk Douglas Clark is being held on more than $2 million bond.

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