Torture Trial - Day Two - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/30/04

Torture Trial - Day Two

In day two of the Phillip Clark trial, the Defense focused on inconsistencies from victim Frank Beck. Clark is accused of brutally torturing Beck one year ago, but on the stand Beck's testimony didn't quite match up to his police statement following the incident.

As Frank Beck continued to recall the torture events that happened one year ago, his memory was more detailed and vivid then it was just days after the attack when he talked to police. The reason? Beck says he was scared and emotional at that time and that the report reflects a summary of what happened, not all the details.

But Defense Attorney Brian Murry disagreed, insinuating that Beck is changing his story or maybe even beefing it up for the jury. The defense also pointed out that after the alleged beating Frank Beck was released safely, that's because a safe release can lower the punishment if Phillip Clark is convicted from a first degree felony to a second degree felony. That would make the difference in a sentence of two to twenty years or five to life.

The State rested on Tuesday, the defense begins to present its case Wednesday 9 a.m. Two other men, Clements McLaughlin and Shane Wilkins are also in custody for this alleged torture and face the same charges.

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