It was announced on Thursday, Jan. 9, that Illinois man Rico Terrell Clark had admitted to committing the June 30, 2018 murder of his wife Megan Moody Clark in an Elsberry motel.

That day, Clark shot his wife nine times.

Detectives were originally called to the motel on July 1, in regards to reports of a deceased person. Upon arrival, authorities found Moody Clark on the bed with nine gunshot wounds to the head and body.

According to a release from the Lincoln County Prosecutor’s Office, the sound of gunshots being fired could be heard on surveillance footage, and in the footage, shortly after the gunshot sounds could be heard, Rico Clark could be seen leaving the room with the couple’s infant daughter.

Clark was found in Godfrey and taken into custody in Madison County, Ill.

The release states that Clark initially denied any and all involvement to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department. He refused to take a polygraph, provide a sample of DNA, or submit to a presumptive test for gunshot residue.

Clark was then transferred to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in order to be interviewed by the Lincoln County Major Case Squad.

Clark continued to refuse to cooperate.

While in custody, Clark admitted to another inmate that he killed his wife and disposed of the murder weapon in a nearby wooded area.

According to the release, Clark will be given the maximum sentence allowable according to Missouri state statute. That is life in prison plus five years for the murder of his wife and armed criminal action.

“Lincoln County Prosecutor Mike Wood would like to thank Assistant Prosecutor Mark Fisher and the Major Case Squad for their thorough and complete investigation,” the press release said.

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