A police officer who was an initial investigator in a 1995 central Ohio murder is among those who never believed the confession to the crime by a mentally troubled inmate who recently committed suicide.
“I just can’t go on, 14 yrs is to long for something I dident do,” Bobby Joe Clark wrote in a note before he hanged himself Feb. 11 in his cell in Southern Ohio Correctional Facility in Lucasville, Ohio.
Marion, Ohio, police Maj. Bill Collins, an initial investigator on the Harold “Sleepy” Griffin homicide, believes Clark was telling the truth before he ended his life. He told the Marion Star that he and other police officers don’t think Clark killed Griffin despite his 1998 confession and 1999 gulty plea to the crime.
Javier Armengau, one of Clark’s attorneys, says he never believed Clark’s confession either. “As sure as you and I are breathing right now, this guy had nothing to do with this,” Armengau told the Star.