A jury trial is scheduled this week in Pontotoc County for a couple charged with first-degree murder and child abuse in the death of a Seminole County boy missing since 2006.
James Rex Clark, 67, and Rebecca Faith Clark, 61, were charged April 19, 2016 in Seminole County District Court with first-degree murder in the death of their 9-year-old nephew and foster son, Colton Clark, who disappeared in 2006.
They also face four counts of felony child abuse by injury.
Back in April, a change of venue request was approved to move the trial out of Seminole County, where there has been news coverage about Clark since he was first reported missing.
An arrest affidavit from the original court filing details an interview with Colton’s brother, formerly named Homer Clark, who allegedly told investigators that the couple beat the boys before Colton disappeared in 2006. He also said they threatened to kill him if he failed to repeat a rehearsed story.
Both were arrested and jailed on April 8, 2016 as investigators converged on their home near Seminole to serve a search warrant.
Authorities searched the couple’s 5-acre farm for the child’s remains, but they still have not been found.
When Colton was first reported missing in 2006, investigators searched about 2,500 acres in hopes of finding him.
Watch for updates.