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Death penalty will be sought

Wednesday, February 9, 2005

CHARLESTON -- Andre Clark, accused of murdering his fiancee and her son, could face the death penalty if convicted.

On Tuesday Mississippi County Prosecuting Attorney Darren Cann filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against Clark during Clark's arraignment at the circuit court level before Presiding Judge David Dolan. Cann said he couldn't remember the last time a death penalty case was filed in Mississippi County.

On June 16 Clark's fiancee, Lazan T. Balentine, 32, and her 4-year-old son, Kyri Balentine, were beaten to death at their home located at 802 Grand Ave. in Charleston. Balentine's other son, Knighten Balentine, 3, was also beaten at the residence and was seriously injured.

Clark, 41, was arrested in Chicago, Ill., by the Illinois State Police on June 20, following the investigation by the Division of Drug and Crime Control Troop E Criminal Unit. He is charged with two counts of first degree murder, three counts of armed criminal action and one count of first degree assault.

Clark remains in the Cape Girardeau County Jail with bond set at $2 million.