Three suspects in hostage case get time waivers
by FRED PACE, EDITOR
MADISON All three suspects in a Boone County hostage case received time waivers Friday during preliminary hearings before Boone County Magistrate Charles Byrnside.
Barry Wayne Clark, Melissa Breedlove and Darrell McNeely all asked for more time through their attorneys before having a preliminary hearing or waving their rights to a preliminary hearing and sending their cases to Circuit Court.
The hostage case centers around a 911 call from a woman who said she and others had been held hostage and assaulted by her estranged husband, which is allegedly Clark.
The woman said her husband had held her and 4 others at gunpoint for over three hours in the domestic related incident, according to Boone County Sheriff Rodney Miller.
Deputies responded to the scene at Rattlesnake Hollow Road, in the unincorporated area of Morrisvale to find a badly beaten Chandra Clark hiding at a neighbors residence. They also found four escaped hostage victims hiding in the woods. The residence had been set on fire and an allegedly armed suspect had fled the scene, the sheriff reported.
Deputies arrested 61-year-old Clark, of Morrisvale, and charged him with felony charges of five counts of kidnapping, 1st degree sexual assault, malicious wounding and arson.
The series of events started late Monday evening, Jan. 23, when Chandra Clark and some friends returned to her home around 9 p.m. from grocery shopping where Barry Clark was waiting inside the residence, the sheriff said.
Barry Clark confronted the group while holding a knife and a handgun, according to the sheriffs report.
He locked four of the victims in a bathroom inside the residence while he repeatedly beat and sexually assaulted his soon to be ex-wife, Miller said. After a lengthy period of time, Clark ordered his hostages to gather items in each room of the home, and set fire to them. Once the home was on fire, he then ordered them away from the residence, threatening to kill them if they returned or called police. Thats when the group went into the mountains to hide from Clark.
Also according to information gathered by investigators, two neighbors of Chandra Clark found her outside her residence after the attack by her husband, then confronted her and began to physically assault her again.
Police arrested 39-year-old Melissa Breedlove and charged her with felony charges of accessory before and after the fact of the kidnappings and assault of 26-year-old Chandra Clark.
They also arrested 40-year-old Darrell McNeely of Julian and charged him with felony charges of accessory before and after the fact of the kidnappings and assault of 26-year-old Chandra Clark.
Chandra survived the attack and was able to get away from her assaults and went for help, the sheriff said. After deputies arrived and sorted out details, they secured the home so firefighters from the Morrisvale Volunteer Fire Department could enter the home and get the fire under control.
Barry Clark was transported by family members to a remote area where he remained until deputies captured him around 5 a.m.. Clark was arrested after deputies and troopers searched the woods several miles from where the incident took place.
Barry Clark is familiar with run-ins with law enforcment, the sheriff added.
At the time of his arrest, Clark was out of jail on four separate bonds for other incidents including domestic assault, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, violation of domestic violence petitions and other charges dating back to November 2011, the majority of which were related to domestic assaults against his wife, Miller said. Clark also was under a domestic violence petition at the time of the attack.
Some of Clarks family members and supporters declined to make a public comment, but did say that only one side of this story has been told.
All three remain in jail until a Circuit Judge sets bond.
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