Dama Nell Clark, one of four suspects arrested and charged in the 2016 death of Paxton Kennedy, has a jury trial date set for Aug. 26.

The warrants filed by deputies at the Houston County Courthouse charged Clark with intentionally causing the death of the 23-year-old Kennedy by shooting him in the head with a .380-caliber pistol while he sat inside a 1994 Nissan pickup truck on Monday, Jan. 4. She is charged with capital murder for shooting into an occupied vehicle.

Clark was arrested in Jan. 2016 in Panama City, Florida, and transported back to Houston County.

Three other suspects are also charged in Kennedy’s murder. Joshua Steven Nance, Clark’s boyfriend, was originally charged with capital murder but was found guilty of a lesser charge of manslaughter in a February 2019 trial. Pamela Henderson Whitaker and Eric Lance West were also charged with capital murder, but those charges were previously dismissed and both cases are waiting to go back before a grand jury. Whitaker and West are both currently out of jail on bond.

Officials believe the shooting was drug-related.

Investigators testified in February that Nance fired the shot that killed Kennedy, and that the other three charged acted as accomplices. According to previous testimony, Kennedy owed Whitaker money for drugs.

Nance testified during his trial that Clark called Kennedy to set up a meeting location the night he was shot and killed.

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