CANTON, MS (WLBT) - It was an emotional day in a Madison County courtroom as Tony Clark was sentenced to death for the 2014 murder of 13-year-old Muhammad Saeed.
The jury deliberated on whether to sentence Clark to life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty. Clark was convicted of capital murder on Tuesday. Jurors were unable to reach a decision Wednesday night.
Thursday, Clark stood and showed no emotion as the verdict was read in court. His family declined to speak as they left the courthouse.
Fahd Saaed, the victim’s father, broke down as the verdict he waited four years for was read. He and District Attorney Michael Guest held a long embrace, Fahd crying saying “thank you, thank you”.
Prosecutors were pushing for the death sentence in the case because of the heinous nature of the crime and the age of the victim.
They say the evidence presented gave jurors a clear view of what happened that night in 2014, when Muhammad Saeed was gunned down working in his father’s store.
Fighting back tears, Fahd Saeed said, “It’s been four long years, for me. I lost my only child. I have nothing left.”
“We are glad to see the jury returned what was the just sentence and what we thought was the only sentence the jury could return in this case,” said Guest.
Tony Clark’s brother Teonta Clark is also charged with capital murder and attempted in this case.
He will face a separate trial in December.
Tony Clark was sentenced to an additional 40 years on an attempted murder charge and 10 years for being a felon in possession of a handgun.
His death sentence conviction will automatically be appealed.
No date has been set for Tony Clark’s execution.