PHENIX CITY, Ala. — The family of a Phenix City man shot and killed Sunday night is calling for justice. Police are charging Melvin James with the murder of Michael Clark. News 3 was the only news media at James’, 52, bond hearing Monday at the Russell County Courthouse. News 3 spoke with the victim’s family, who says they want justice in their loved one’s death.
“All we had were good times,” Rachel Morgan said. Morgan is Clark’s cousin. “And that was taken from us.”
Police say Clark, 40, was shot several times at a home on Setter Drive Sunday night. Family members say Clark was picking up his five-year-old son from the child’s mother’s when the shooting happened.
“And the guy, he ran in there with a pistol,” Clark’s uncle, Danny Moore, said. “He sitting in there playing with his son. He had no remorse for the little kid. He just opened up and went to shooting.”
The family thinks the mother might have been pregnant with another man’s child. They believe the mother lured Clark to the house as a possible setup to the shooting. The actual reason for the incident is still unknown at this time.
“He was shot as though he was a dog,” Clark’s aunt Patricia Taylor said. “They didn’t have any mercy in shooting him. And there should be no mercy on the Russell County Judicial System, allowing this man to receive a bond.”
Judge Walter Gray III issued a $200,000 bond to James in court. But Clark’s aunt is making an emotional plea for justice, both legal and divine.
“He has committed a crime against God’s law,” Taylor said. “And we will pray for that family.”
Moore is calling for the death penalty in this case. News 3 reached out to the suspect’s family; however, they did not want to speak on camera. James has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 13 at 9 a.m.