Stevante Clark arraigned in Superior Court
Stevante Clark, whose brother Stephon was shot dead by police last month, was released from custody Monday after being formally charged in court with four criminal counts, including assault with a deadly weapon and making a death threat.
The Sacramento County District Attorney's Office downgraded those two counts to misdemeanors, in addition to filing two other misdemeanors for abusing the 911 system and vandalism, according to a charging document filed Monday in Sacramento Superior Court.
Clark, 25, was released on his own recognizance with conditions that include avoiding contact with a woman against whom he allegedly made a death threat; staying 100 yards away from her home and office; and not dialing 911.
A couple said last week that they had rented out a room to him at their Acacia Avenue house since January. The couple said they and Clark had an escalating conflict that resulted in a restraining order issued Wednesday against him, followed by his arrest Thursday.
The charging document included a misdemeanor count for threatening to kill the woman in the couple who lived with Clark on April 17. It also included a misdemeanor count for assaulting a different woman with a hammer a day later. Both were originally listed as felonies, according to Sacramento County Sheriff's Department booking records. Clark had been jailed since Thursday without bail.
The other two misdemeanors were for using the 911 emergency line "with intent to annoy and harass another," as well as for causing more than $400 in damage to the Acacia Avenue house.
Clark’s grandmother, Sequita Thompson, attended the arraignment hearing, but declined to speak to reporters. She instead directed them to Clark’s attorney, Jeffrey Fletcher. The lawyer said he will work with Clark to move his belongings out of the Acacia Avenue home and find him somewhere else to stay.
Clark's friends and relatives have expressed concern for Clark's mental health since his brother, Stephon Clark, was shot dead in Meadowview on March 18. The shooting sparked a national controversy because Stephon Clark was unarmed when he was killed in the backyard of his grandparents' house.
The Sacramento Police Department said they believed the officers involved in the shooting feared Stephon Clark was advancing at them with a firearm in hand when they shot him. No weapon was found at the scene — only a cellphone.
Two weeks ago, Stevante Clark said he had received inpatient mental health treatment after police responded to a disturbance call about his behavior at a hotel where his family was staying. In a jailhouse interview last week, Clark called his housemates "frauds" but declined to talk about his arrest.
Clark is due to return to court May 9.