MOUNT CLEMENS (WWJ/AP) - A Macomb County jury has convicted a Detroit man of first-degree murder on accusations he stabbed a Warren man 132 times during a robbery that targeted gay men.
The jury found 20-year-old Andrew T. Clark guilty Wednesday. It also convicted him of larceny in a building, arson and auto theft.
Assistant Macomb Prosecutor Chad Davis said the murder happened after Clark met 57-year-old Robert Miller through a telephone dating service in 2010. Court records show that the men exchanged over 40 phone calls in the two weeks they knew each other.
According to court records, the men met up on Nov. 23, 2010 at Miller’s home on 14 Mile in Warren. Randy Rodnick, Clark’s attorney, said his client was prompted to attack because Miller came on to him.
“My client freaked out… He got enraged and the stabbing occurred multiple times,” said Rodnick, who asked jurors to consider a less-serious charge of second-degree murder.
Davis told the jurors that Clark was “setting up gay men specifically to rob them.”
“The defendant initiated the contact with Mr. Miller and basically groomed him,” said Davis.
Miller bled to death on his dining room floor after suffering 132 stab wounds.
In court, Davis described Clark as a remorseless killer who ignored Miller’s pleas for life. Davis also described the “bone chilling” note left by the killer: “He said tell the Family he loves them. Sincerly(sic), the Killer.”
Authorities say Clark also stole jewelry and other items from Miller’s condo. They also say Clark took Miller’s Nissan Maxima, which was later found torched in Detroit.
Clark is due in court for sentencing on April 24. The law requires Judge James Biernat to give Clark life in prison without parole.
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