Change of judge granted in murder case of DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Clark

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A motion has been sustained for a change of judge for an Osborn man charged with second-degree murder regarding a motor vehicle accident that caused the death of DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Clark. Online court information shows the Missouri Supreme Court assigned David Bolander to the case for 35-year-old Gary Wayne Downs. A case review is scheduled for May 28th.

Downs is also charged with the felonies of resisting arrest, detention or stop by fleeing and escape or attempted escape from custody while under arrest for a felony.

A probable cause statement from the Highway Patrol accuses Downs of trying to escape from the rear passenger compartment of a patrol vehicle driven by Captain Tracy Neill with the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office in June. Neill requested assistance from Sheriff Clark in arresting Downs and the Patrol with field sobriety and breath testing.

Downs allegedly pushed open the rear door of the patrol vehicle and left the scene on foot. The Patrol reports Neill’s attempts to regain custody of Downs were suspended when she was told Clark was involved in a crash near the scene of the traffic stop from which Downs fled.

Clark was pronounced dead after being transported to Mosaic Life Care in Saint Joseph.

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