--In August 2006,California Highway Patrol
officers found a 1994 Ford Ranger parked on the side of northbound Interstate 5 near Oso Parkway. The drunk and high driver,Salvador Chavo Marquez
, was asleep and covered in blood. Earlier, Marquez had loaded
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's jewelry, coins, passport, computer equipment, fishing gear and video porn collection into Clark's truck and left Clark's San Clemente residence. When deputies later entered the home, they found Clark's mutilated corpse on a bathroom floor beside a dead dog that had been stabbed 60 times. During questioning, Marquez insisted it had been Clark who'd gone nuts about a dispute over a fishing pole--never mind that it was Clark's blood that covered the walls and whose intestines were found on a door knob. Later, during questioning by homicide detectives, Marquez conceded: "After reviewing all the evidence, yes. I have a strong belief that it's possible it was me. I remember snapping--snapping out of my blackout and seeing him dead on the floor." Last week, aCalifornia Court of Appeal
rejected an effort by Marquez to overturn his murder-during-the-commission-of-a-burglary conviction on technicalities.