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Murder charges against Victory Mills teen dropped

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VICTORY MILLS, N.Y. – A Saratoga County grand jury has decided to dismiss all charges against a teen accused of killing his mother’s boyfriend.

District Attorney James Murphy III announced on Tuesday that a Grand Jury in Saratoga County handed down a no bill of indictment against 18-year-old Matthew Brown. 

He was arrested in May after police say he killed Derik Clark, 32, by a single stab wound to the neck.

On May 16, Brown called the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office to report a domestic disturbance between his mother and Clark. An investigation revealed that when Clark learned that Brown had contacted authorities, he attacked Brown, while his mother tried to intervene.

Authorities say Brown went into his bedroom and closed the door. Clark then forced his way through the door, throwing Brown’s mother out of the way. The investigation shows that during a struggle, Brown stabbed Clark in the neck with a folding pocket knife, puncturing an artery. 

Brown then called 911 for a second time. However, when deputies arrived to the scene, Clark was found deceased. 

Saratoga County District Attorney Jim Murphy originally said that the case of domestic violence played a large factor in the case. 

“The purpose of the grand jury is to review all the facts and circumstances and to determine if a crime occurred. Then, if a crime did occur, whether or not the defendant is entitled to the benefit of any legal defenses. That is exactly what the Grand Jury did today,” Murphy said on Tuesday.

Brown’s attorney, Terence Kindlon, originally likened the incident to the story of David and Goliath because Clark was 6’6’’ and weighed 275 pounds and Brown only stands at 4’10’’ and weighs about 112 pounds. 

"He lost 5 or 6 weeks of freedom and that’s tragic, but at the end of the day the important thing is these charges are gone," said Kindlon.

"He was defending himself and his mother, and I think the grand jury must have found that had he not acted in the way he did, he might have ultimately been the victim in the case and ultimately killed himself,” said District Attorney Murphy.

According to Kindlon, Brown was picked up from jail by his grandparents who are taking him away from Saratoga County to hopefully begin the healing processes.



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