Wednesday marks 10 years since the day Colton Clark went missing.
The day before the anniversary, Colton’s aunt and uncle who are also his adoptive parents, were officially charged in connection with his death.
One at a time, James Rex and Rebecca Clark walked into the Seminole County courtroom. Both of them were shackled and cuffed in their orange jumpsuits.
As of Tuesday, the charges are filed with a total of nine felony counts each. This includes four charges of child abuse by injury, two counts of child neglect, one count of intimidation of witness, and one count of conspiracy to commit felony.
And the question that has been lingering for a decade is one step closer to being answered. Both Clarks are charged with first-degree murder of 9-year-old Colton Clark.
“They adopted these two boys and inherited a horrible situation, OK?” said Robert Butler, the Clark’s attorney.
The two hired Butler who said he is an old friend of the Clarks.
“They’re obviously devastate, you know, and they maintain their innocence. They said this did not happen,” Butler said.
While they’re claiming innocence, Colton’s brother, listed as Austin Homer Clark on a previous affidavit, told police they abused him, too. He said the Clarks also threatened to kill him.
Several of the charges include neglect and abuse to Homer too. After 10 years of keeping quiet, his statement could be one step closer to finding justice for Colton Clark.
In the meantime, the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office has a crew searching the Clark’s property where they believe they buried Colton’s body.
On Monday and Tuesday, the search was paused due to weather, but it will pick back up once the weather permits.