Retired Atlanta Police Department detectives Vince Velazquez and David Quinn return to the TVOne true-crime show "ATL Homicide" for a second season.
Photo: TVOne
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How the AJC covered the Eric Clark murder from "ATL Homicide"

From the archives: Bartender from Alabama was killed by wife's cousin in murder-for-hire scheme in 2005.

The TVOne true-crime show "ATL Homicide" featured the 2005 killing of William Eric Clark, a bartender who was fatally shot in what investigators described as a contract killing. Clark's wife Constance and her cousin Jean Pierre Devaughn were convicted of arranging Clark's murder in order to collect on a life insurance policy.

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The TVOne true-crime series, now in its second season, recreates cases as told by David Quinn and Vince Velazquez, two retired Atlanta Police Department homicide detectives. 

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution didn't cover the investigation into Clark's killing but did cover the trials of Devaughn and Constance Clark. You can find links to those articles below. You can find the AJC's coverage of other "ATL Homicide" cases here

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From Oct. 12, 2009:

Accused of murder but not in jail 

Jean-Pierre Devaughn carried out a hit for his cousin, killing her husband while he visited Atlanta, police say. The victim had recently bought $500,000 in life insurance. ...

Read the full story here. 

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Jean Pierre Devaughn shot and killed Eric Clark after Clark's wife schemed to cash in on an insurance policy.
Photo: Fulton County Sheriff's Dept

From April 11, 2011:

Man gets life in prison for murder-for-hire 

A man convicted in a murder-for-hire scheme for his share in a $500,000 life insurance policy was sentenced Monday to life plus 25 years in prison. ... 

Read the full story here. 

Channel 2 Action News also covered the sentencing here

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From Aug. 18, 2011:

Woman gets life for contract killing of husband 

... An investigation by Fulton County District Attorney's cold case squad has produced the conviction of an Alabama woman for being the mastermind behind the 2005 contract killing of her husband. ... 

Read the full story here. 

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Learn more about the details of the case here and here

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» MORE: Read the AJC's coverage of the cases in "ATL Homicide" Season 1 

» RELATED: How the AJC covered the events in "The First 48 Presents: Homicide Squad Atlanta" 

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