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Dominique Tylvann Clark

RICHMOND, Va. –On Thursday a jury found Dominique Tylvann Clark guilty of involuntary manslaughter of 16-year-old Robert Lee Fox.

The  jury recommended no time in prison, and that Clark pay a $2,500 fine.

Clark was originally charged with voluntary manslaughter after the Hanover teenager died from a single gunshot wound, in February 2014.

Fox was found lying in an alley in the 3600 block of McRand Street.

Police sources told CBS 6 reporter Mark Holmberg that the 911 calls from the residence that night report a break-in in the alley.  Some South Richmond residents also said a string of vehicle break-ins took place around the same time the 16-year-old was fatally shot in an alley.

The station’s request for the 911 calls from that night was refused  because those recordings are part of the police investigation. Tonight CBS 6 acquired those tapes.

In March Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Mike Herring declined to release specific details of the incident.

“I don’t think the facts are going to be much in dispute,” he said. “I think the issue if going to be whether the reaction to the facts as they presented themselves is appropriate or not.”

In Virginia, Herring said, citizens can legally use deadly force to protect themselves, but not their property.

Herring said he does expect “the witness accounts of the incident to vary depending on whether they were witnesses who were with the victim or witnesses who were with the property owner.”

He believes the investigation will be thorough and hopes that grand jury weighs that evidence with great and careful deliberation.

Herring’s history indicates a low tolerance for citizens opening fire in defense of property.

For example, four years ago, Virginia Union student Eric Driver faced 2nd degree murder charges after he shot and killed a masked man who had broken into his girlfriend’s car and yelled threateningly at her when she caught him in the act. Driver was convicted of manslaughter and served no time.

“As a prosecutor,” Herring said, “I don’t want people using deadly force to protect property. I don’t want people using deadly force to apprehend those who are fleeing the scene.”

In fact, he said, he wants citizens to retreat to safety whenever they can and to call police instead of trying to deal with dangerous situations themselves.

“Rarely does anything good come of that,” Herring said.

Stay with WTVR.com and CBS 6 News for the latest updates on this developing story.

 

36 comments

  • Manalishi

    “he wants citizens to retreat to safety” which is EXACTLY what the criminals want you to do! Who’s side is he on?!

    “Rarely does anything good come of that,” Herring said. Ok, so in the eyes of a democrat, nothing good comes from a shot criminal, which leaves honest citizens victimized at the whim of said criminal. This is why we have an uncivilized society. Mr. Clark should be PAID $2500 for the community service he performed.
    Democrats are all the same.

    • ki

      A 16 year old child loss his life..over what a piece of property that can easily be bought again. This child is gone forever. It’s people like u Why the world will forever remain ignorant.

      • reeltime

        A 16 year old “lost” their life because they made a decision to take from others that rightfully did not belong to them. I refuse to roll over to the “give a thug a pass mentality”, which will be coming to your neighborhood soon. Wish to watch the trailor, I hear it’s gonna be good.It’s the ignorant who refuse to directly confront these issues and they will continue to live in the land of unicorns and rainbows.

      • Spewing Poo

        A car is’nt easy for me to buy again.You gonna buy me a new one?deadly force should be legal if the person does’nt run immediately.

      • Manalishi

        “A 16 year old child loss his life” No, a 16 year old was just fine to forfeit his life for whatever he could steal. Look at it this way, unless he had the opportunity to to stop, be saved, and beg god forgiveness,,,,,his soul went straight to hell. You and everyone else (except an athiest) knows it. Just how long can you lie to yourself and others and still expect to be respected or taken seriously? Democrats are all the same.

      • athynz

        The loss of that 16 year old child’s life was due to the decisions made by that 16 year old child who should have learned right from wrong.

  • Joe Pike

    Mr. Clark should appeal this verdict. He did our community a huge service, and probably prevented future homicides. Herring is a joke. He is pro-criminal all the way, just like his predecessor David Hicks. This case should have never went to trial. Are citizens supposed to hide in their houses and let thugs rule their neighborhoods?

    • Mike

      Like you didn’t do anything stupid as a kid? Let him serve time and learn what real criminals are instead of putting him in the ground for being “bored and stupid”. I’m all for using deadly force if your life is in danger or someone else’s is but not for material possessions that are easily replaced.

      • Joe Pike

        I can translate ebonic jive, I worked at McDonald’s one summer. She says she feels sorry for the thugs who were terrorizing a neighborhood and that Jesus is coming. I guess when he comes, the government can cut off her disability checks.

  • Paula

    Joe you are a sickco. Would you say the same thing if that young boy was your son or nephew. Donnt pertend you don’t have thugs in your family.

  • Shawntale Fox

    For everyone who had something negative to say put your child(ren) in that predicament and then let me know what you all think. My brother had turn his life around and was doing good in school and wanted to go to college for football but now that Dominique Clark has took my brother off this earth that had been flush down the Nile River. As I grew up my grandmother always told me don’t preach what you soul because it will come back and beat up your soul good luck Dominique Clark because you will never sleep or walk in Virginia again your the next Zimmerman but worst have a great day everyone and keep your kids in the house because Dominique Clark is back on the streets. By the way he might had service y’all community but he has also cause a problem in the society

    • Meaghan

      He was trying to turn his life around and go to college? When was that supposed to happen? After he stole this man’s car? Doesn’t sound like he was trying to change. I’m very sorry you lost your brother, but he really caused it upon himself for being a criminal. And that grandmother made absolutely no sense at all

      • JOSH CRAWLEY

        YOU TELL THE TRUTH MAM THANK YOU I SERVED WITH HIM HE IS A WONDERFUL PERSON IF YOU GO TO THE WTVR FACEBOOK PAGE AND LOOK FOR CLARK’S FACE THE FULL TRUTH IS ON THERE AND THE FIRST TIME THEY TOOK THEIR VEHICLE THE SAME GANG BANGERS JUSTICE WASNT SERVED FOR THEM

    • JOHNFORD

      Are you threatening this man’s life just because he rid the world of some garbage? Go jump in the dumpster yourself and make sure your mom doesn’t breed any more roaches either. Save us all the trouble of a trial the next time you come around looking for a car.

      • JOSH CRAWLEY

        THEY ARE JOHN BUT MY SOLDIER ISN’T EVEN HERE THEY THINK SO BUT POLICE AND EVERYONE MOVED HIS FAMILY AWAY WE’RE HERE THOUGH :) I ALSO INFORMED THE POLICE OF THE THREATS TO DOCUMENT IT EVEN THOUGH HE’S DONE WITH THE CITY

    • athynz

      I am sorry for your loss but with all due respect wasn’t he breaking into people’s vehicles? How is that “turning his life around”? Perhaps he should have taken your grandmother’s advice.

      • David

        athynz …. you just can’t shut your stupid mouth can you? You whine like a little girl too. I bet you can’t shut your ignorant mouth fat boy.

      • athynz

        “DAVID
        athynz …. you just can’t shut your stupid mouth can you? You whine like a little girl too. I bet you can’t shut your ignorant mouth fat boy.”

        Then shut it for me – if you have the stones boy. But like every single other time you’ll bravely sit there behind your keyboard in a locked room and fling your insults much like a monkey flings it’s poo – only with far less intelligence than the monkey. Now sit down, shut your Timmay holster, and let the adults speak of matters far above your head and your station in life.

      • athynz

        David you remind me of that little kid who goes around annoying people because no one will pay attention to him otherwise. I suggest you seek some sort of help with this issue – in a child it’s expected, in an adult it’s simply pathetic behavior. So you plan on making me shut up or will you simply whine some more about how I comment? I suspect the latter but I would welcome the former.

  • JOSH CRAWLEY

    VIEW IT ON WTVR FACEBOOK PAGE AND LOOK FOR MY SOLDIER’S FACE ON THERE PAGE VIEW THE COMMENTS AND PICTURES THEY THINK MY SOLDIER IS STILL HERE AND THREATENING HIM I REPORTED IT TO THE POLICE, BUT WE ARE IN THE CITY HIS FAMILY ARE LONG GONE

  • Paula

    I am so angry at all the heartless people on here. Who can said they never did anything bad when you was a teenager? None of you. The fact is you never got catch. I ask the question AGAIN. How would you feel if that was your son or nephew? Ok so Clark serve in the army. So what? If he didn’t kill anyone while he was away in the war don’t come back home acting like he in war. Yes the boys was wrong but try to teach them, arrest them, beat them but don’t kill them.

    • BO

      Seems like you are’nt aware its a different world from growing up in the 80’s.KILL,is on the kid’s brains today.Be aware or be a victim and most of all those A holes ain’t my kids.

    • athynz

      I was a bit of a hellion on the day but I did not break into people’s cars or homes and when I was coming up people didn’t carry guns like they do not – a gun in a school was completely unheard of. Now you just don’t know if the dude breaking into a car is packing one or not. The loss of life is not a trivial thing and I agree that the loss of lie in punishment for theft is not warranted.

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