21-year-old Brandon Clark allegedly killed his girlfriend, 17-year-old Bianca Devins, after a concert in New York last week, then posted photos of the gruesome murder on social media. Clark was arraigned on second-degree murder charges in the death of Devins and pleaded not guilty.
According to a press release by Utica Police, Clark and Devins met on Instagram a few months ago, spent time together and at some point became “acquainted with each other’s families.”
The two are believed to have attended a concert together in New York City on July 13 but reportedly got into an argument after Devins allegedly kissed another man. Investigators said when the couple arrived back in Utica the next morning, they drove down a dead-end street and at some point, Clark allegedly used a large knife to kill Devins.
Authorities were notified of the murder once they began receiving calls about photos of the 17-year-old’s body that were posted online. Officers were trying to find Devins when Clark called 911 to report himself, according to police.
When police responded, they said Clark was stabbing himself in the neck, causing severe injuries. He then allegedly laid down on a green tarp, which was covering Devins’ body, and took selfies before officers took him into custody.
McNamara said in a previous statement “the belief is that she kissed somebody at the concert and that’s what upset him,” but the district attorney said he has “a very hard time understanding how anybody can justify taking another young person’s life because they kissed somebody else.”
Syracuse.com revealed that when Clark was 12-years-old, his father allegedly held his mother hostage at knifepoint for 10 hours during a standoff with police and a SWAT team. Court records obtained by WKTV outlet said the man, Jason Clark, threatened to kill his wife Michelle because he thought she was cheating on him. Brandon Clark was reportedly not present during the incident.
If convicted in Devins’ death, Clark faces up to 25 years in prison.