Autopsy shows Rowan County grandmother died from 'multiple gunshot wounds'

Autopsy shows Rowan County grandmother died from 'multiple gunshot wounds'
Joshua Clark (Rowan Sheriff's Office)
Joshua Clark (Rowan Sheriff's Office)

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - A Rowan County grandmother was killed by "multiple gunshots to the head," according to the autopsy released by the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office.

Melanie Clark, 62, was found deceased in her home on Dulin Avenue in southeastern Rowan County when deputies arrived just after 11:15 pm on Monday night, March 26.

Clark's grandson, Joshua Dimitri Clark, 25, is charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the case.

"The autopsy documented two penetrating gunshot wounds of the head," the autopsy says. "The injuries sustained from the gunshot wound of the head were sufficient to cause the death of the decedent. Based on the autopsy findings and circumstances surrounding the death, as currently understood, the cause of death is multiple gunshot wounds of the head. The manner of death is homicide."

Joshua Clark's home at 225 Happy Lake Road was searched by investigators.  Clark was charged and booked into the jail late the day after Clark's body was found.

According to warrants, Josh Clark robbed his grandmother of a Wells Fargo credit card.  He was armed with a 9mm handgun at the time.

Joshua Clark is being held without bond.

Creaig Helms Jr and Cory Wayne Harrington were alsp charged in the case. Deputies say Melanie Clark's credit card was stolen during the robbery and used after her death at an ATM.

Helms and Harrington, who deputies say knew Joshua Clark, were reportedly caught on ATM security video but tried to hide their faces.

Helms and Harrington each face a charge of felony identity theft.

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