by Max Brantley
CORRECTION: The Arkansas Claims Commission has NOT yet issued a ruling on the claim for $5 million from the estate of a man killed in 2009 by a former Division of Youth Services charge who had been released by the DYS.
I posted here here earlier an erroneous item, based on a misinterpretation of a docket sheet distributed by the Commission, that the full amount of the claim had been awarded. A spokesman for the law firm pressing the claim said a fax received by media on which the report here and elsewhere was based only stated the higher $5 million claim sought by the estate, but the firm still hasn't received findings from the Commission.
Maurice "Beau" Clark, 67, was killed during a June 2009 home-invasion robbery by Antonio Terry and three accomplices. Terry, who was 17 at the time of the robbery, reportedly beat Clark then executed him with a shot to the head after helping to ransack his home for valuables. Terry was later sentenced to 65 years in prison.
Attorneys for Clark's estate argued on November 14 that Terry had been identified as a danger to society by DYS caseworkers, and yet was released anyway. After DYS was found liable in the case, attorneys for the DYS argued that a $200,000 award would be sufficent. The $5 million dollar award was the top end of what attorneys for Clark's family had requested from the Claims Commission,