Court reviews Clark's statements during Huntley hearing

Brandon Clark, the 21-year-old accused in the murder of Utica teen Bianca Devins, appeared in Oneida County Court Monday for a Huntley hearing.

Posted: Dec 16, 2019 12:55 PM
Updated: Dec 16, 2019 5:44 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – Brandon Clark, the 21-year-old accused in the murder of Utica teen Bianca Devins, appeared in Oneida County Court Monday for a Huntley hearing.

The hearing will determine the validity of the statements Clark made to police after allegedly killing Devins on Boilermaker Sunday.

Clark pleaded not-guilty to second-degree murder in July.

Six Utica Police officers and the 911 dispatcher who took the call testified on Monday during the hearing.

Officer Rocco Zasa described what he witness when he first arrived on the scene.

"I saw a male who was sitting on the ground, he stood up, I believe he yelled 'You don't want to see this, you don't want to see this,' and I saw him make a gesture to his neck," Zasa said. "I saw what was a tarp like cover and I saw what was hair, it was a girl's long hair coming out of it."

Under the tarp was Devins' body.

The 911 call Clark made that Sunday morning after the incident was played during court. Clark reported the incident as a murder-suicide.

"My name is Brandon, the victim is Bianca Michelle Devins," Clark said. "I'm not going to stay on the phone for long  because I still need to do the suicide part of the murder-suicide."

Body cam footage was also shown from officers responding to the scene on Poe Street on July 14.

Devins' family was emotional during parts of the two hour testimony.

"What we saw today were some things that were very, very difficult to hear and very difficult to see," Frank Williams, Devins' grandfather said.

A ruling on using Clark’s police statements is expected in January.

His trial is set to begin Feb. 24

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