(WBIR) The man accused of murdering Brittany Eldridge, who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with their son in 2011, made his first court appearance Wednesday morning.
During a quick arraignment, Judge Steven W. Sword set a trial date for Feb. 2, 2015. Pretrial motions are due by Oct. 3.
Defense lawyer Greg Isaacs is representing Clark. After court, Isaacs said he anticipates this will be a circumstantial evidence case. He went on to say, "Mr. Clark is adamant about his innocence, and he looks forward to resolving this in front of a jury here in the very near future."
Last week, Knoxville police arrested Clark, 32, and charged him with four counts of murder, including murdering Eldridge during theft and premeditated murder. If convicted, Clark could face the death penalty. Tennessee Code says if a pregnant woman is murdered, with knowledge that she was with child, the death penalty could be a potential punishment.
At this time, the district attorney general's office hasn't publicly announced whether it will pursue the death penalty.