Cortez Clark lured to death by social mobile app

A dating app was used to lure Cortez Clark to his death.

Ameesha Gray, 22, is the fourth person charged with Clark‘s murder last September.

According to the charging docs leading to Gray’s arrest, Gray allegedly tricked Clark into visiting the apartment complex at 331 Parkland Pl, SE, where he was killed.

Gray joins suspects Tayvon Felton, 19, Wade Wilson, 20, and John Allen, 29, all charged with the premeditated murder of Clark.

In questioning including in the charging documents, Allen explained how Felton and Gray “set up” Clark by messaging him to meet up with Gray on a social dating app, “Tagged.” During Felton’s questioning he said it was  he and Allen that had used Gray’s phone to create a profile on the app and contact Clark. Through communication on the application, Clark and Gary exchanged phone numbers.

Prior to the murder, Gray was on the phone with Clark and was able to have him agree to visit the apartment at Parkland Place later that night. Allen said to police that Felton told Gray what to say throughout the phone call. Allen also said that Felton and Gray had spoken of robbing Clark when he arrived.

Upon arrival, Gray met Clark outside of the apartment complex and led him into Apartment #2. This apartment was vacant at the time and Felton, Wilson, and Allen waited inside to attack and rob Clark.

Allen told police that after the homicide Felton and Gray left the complex, got into Clark’s vehicle, and drove away. Video surveillance footage recovered confirmed this to be true.

When Gray was questioned she claimed to have never set foot in Apartment #2 or been a part of the violence that led to the death of Clark.

Police have found probable cause that Gray was part of the premeditated plan to rob and murder Clark. She was presented on Tuesday and is being held without bail. She will join Tayvon Felton and John Allen in court on July 29 for a preliminary hearing.


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