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Family member of murder, body burning victims speaks out

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Sep 10 2013 09:03:11 PM CDT
Updated On: Sep 10 2013 10:30:06 PM CDT
OROVILLE, Calif. -

A Butte County man accused of shooting three people and burning a car with their bodies inside was back in court Tuesday for the setting of his preliminary hearing.

James Bedford is the son of Colleen Lowe and the oldest brother of Roland Lowe - two of the victims.  Investigators say Clark acted alone in the death of his family members - but Bedford believes that's not true.

“Anybody is capable of doing anything but I don't think he did it alone,” said Bedford.

Bedford is strongly convinced that 72-year-old Donald Clark- the man accused of killing his mother and brother and a third victim and burning their bodies in a stolen car on the Skyway in Magalia back in May- had some help doing it.

“His age can be a factor but the man is a man and what gets me is this mental capability I don't he came up with the plan to do with by himself,” said Bedford.

Clark was in court Tuesday to set a date for his preliminary hearing.  Bedford believes given Clark’s age of 72- he wasn't physically capable of committing the crime.

“I find the whole situation kind of funny and kind of weird because I came up to school for three and half years up here and my mom never came to Chico so for my her and my little brother to come up here doesn't make any sense,” said Bedford.

District Attorney Mike Ramsey explains that so far- there's no evidence to prove that theory.

“Mr. Clark at 72-years-old is still extraordinarily strong.  We have video tape hefting around 55-gallon trash containers,” said Ramsey.

Ramsey says Clark kept up on his strength by working around his home in Butte Creek Canyon.  That video he mentioned was taken at a storage locker next to the Chico Airport - which contained the gun they say Clark used that night.

“There was some trash that he was throwing away and some of the clothes and so forth that were from the victim's car and their camping gear,” said Ramsey.

Bedford wants to make sure that's the real story.

“That’s why I’m here to hear the whole story to get some closure on the fact and get the real story,” said Bedford.

Bedford also said that he and his family are holding up well.  As for Donald Clark- his preliminary hearing is set for October 16.  He sits in the Butte County Jail with no bail.