It took a jury of seven men and five women less than four hours to decide that the physical evidence and the testimony of the defendant’s longtime friend proved that Clark’s death was murder, rejecting Gerken’s claim he shot Clark in self-defense after a cocaine deal went bad at a home in the 800 block of Pleasant Street in DeKalb.
Gerken, 27, of Sycamore, will be sentenced at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10, two years after Matthew Clark, 26, was shot to death Oct. 6, 2015. Gerken faces up to a life sentence.
You can read more about the verdict here, and watch the video below of Gerken being found guilty.
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