Two Seminole residents accused of murder were found guilty Monday evening in Pontotoc County District Court.
James Rex Clark, 67, and Rebecca Faith Clark, 61, both of Seminole, were charged with first-degree murder-child abuse, and four counts of child abuse by injury.
A 12-person jury found them guilty on all counts. The jury recommended life in prison on each count.
In December, the couple’s attorney, Robert Butler of Shawnee, filed a motion for a change of venue (having the case heard outside of Seminole County). The change of venue was granted by District Judge George Butner, who presided over the case.
The couple is accused of killing 9-year-old Levi Colton Clark, also known as Colton, who disappeared in 2006. His body has never been found.
The Clarks were arrested in April 2016. They are the uncle and aunt of Colton and were acting as foster parents for Colton and his brother, Homer, while the boys’ parents were battling drug addiction.
The case went cold but was formally reopened in September 2015 by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
After Colton Clark’s disappearance, Homer Clark was later taken back into DHS custody and eventually adopted. He changed his name and moved out of state.
In 2016, as an adult, Homer Clark was interviewed by authorities and said he and his brother were severely abused by the Clarks. The information led to their arrest.