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Jury shown video of shooting in Clinch trial

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 | 3:06 p.m. CDT; updated 3:47 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, October 20, 2009

COLUMBIA — The courtroom was silent early Tuesday morning as a video was played showing the fatal shooting of Jeremy Bohannon.

Captured by a security camera near a drive-through window at the McDonald’s on Clark Lane, the 10-minute video shows a man moving quickly across the parking lot, followed seconds later by another man who appears to be chasing him.

The first man moves behind a white truck and then disappears from view. The man who was chasing him walks around the truck, stands in place for several seconds and then moves a few feet away. About a minute later he lies down on the ground.

Without sound and of poor quality, the video doesn't make it easy to determine who the men were or when shots were fired. While the jury had no visible reaction to the video, the victim's father, Jim Bohannon, left the courtroom.

According to Boone County Prosecutor Dan Knight, the second man in the video is William Clinch, 39, of Hallsville, who is on trial in the 13th Circuit Court for Boone County for first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

The charges stem from the events of Sept. 2, 2007, when Clinch fatally shot Bohannon. Clinch has said that he was worried that Bohannon, 32, who was recently divorced from Clinch’s sister, Amanda Clinch, would do harm to her, her three children or himself.

The video of the shooting was not the only one shown to the Lafayette County jury Tuesday morning. The prosecution also played videos from several area retail stores that showed Clinch purchasing ammunition and targets in the weeks and days before the shooting.

Joshua Lampton, a customer service manager at Bass Pro Shops, testified that Clinch purchased a total of 250 rounds of ammunition for a handgun on Aug. 17 and on Sept. 1, 2007, the day before the shooting. Lampton was able to locate video of Clinch making the purchases based on receipts provided by Columbia police.

Similarly, Shirley Eggers, a former department manager at the Walmart on Nifong Boulevard, testified that she sold ammunition and targets to Clinch on Aug. 31, 2007. The video of the transaction showed Clinch pointing out the exact targets he wanted to buy.

Just about half an hour before the shooting, Clinch purchased sunshades for his car windows from the Walmart on Conley Road, Asset Protection Manager Paul Cole testified. Knight said in his opening statement that Clinch made the purchase so that he could better hide from Bohannon before the shooting.

The prosecution was scheduled to continue calling witnesses Tuesday afternoon.


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