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A 21-year-old man accused of killing budding social media influencer Bianca Devins has been moved from the hospital to jail.
Brandon Andrew Clark was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica Sunday with a self-inflicted knife wound to the neck, according to WFXV. The wound is still clearly visible in the booking photo released by the Oneida County Jail, where he’s now being held in connection with the slaying of the 17-year-old Devins.
Clark called 911 Sunday morning and “made incriminating statements” about Devins’ death and threatened to kill himself, according to a statement from Utica Police. Officers arrived at the scene to find Clark laying on the ground next to a black SUV.
“The officer approached this male, and almost immediately, he began to stab himself in the neck with a knife,” police said.
While waiting for emergency responders to arrive, Clark laid down on a green tarp on the ground that was covering Devins’ body and soon took out his cell phone to take pictures of himself “laying across” the dead body. He posted images of the slain teen to Instagram Live, Snapchat and the gaming platform, Discord, according to cops.
He was later taken the hospital, where he was held until he was transferred to jail on Thursday.
Authorities believe Clark, who has been charged with second-degree murder, killed Devins in a fit of jealousy after the pair had attended a concert together.
“The belief is that she kissed somebody at the concert and that’s what upset him,” District Attorney Scott McNamara told local station WKTV.
After his transfer to jail, McNamara told WFXV that the next step will likely be to present the case to an Oneida County grand jury. If Clark is indicted by the grand jury, he could be arraigned again on charges brought during the indictment.
After news of his arrest spread, Clark’s brother James Ward, who is stationed in Alaska while serving with the U.S. Air Force, took to social media to share his anguish and regret that Clark had not reached out to him.
“I hate you, You took away so many peoples opportunities in life. Hers, yours. Friends. Families. I ask my self, what the f--- happened. I read everything online and can’t believe it’s true, like that’s not you. It can’t be. You wouldn’t do that,” he wrote.
He went on to say, “F--- I love you bro, always will, but people loved her.”
In the emotional post, Ward said Clark was now “condemned” and would be in a “living hell” in the coming years.
“I’m glad you’re alive, and it hurts to think of you going through that, but you put yourself there. You made her family suffer so much. I watched the vigil, couldn’t f---ing keep it together, just wish you’d talked to me. We’re family.”
Devins will be laid to rest today at 1 p.m. at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Utica.
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