Brenda Henderson

Brenda M. Henderson died Tuesday after being shot Dec. 13 at her home.

A Bellevue man who told police that he was hearing voices the night he fatally shot his longtime girlfriend will stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder.

David S. Clark, who turns 36 Monday, also is charged with being a felon in possession of a gun and using a gun to commit a felony. He is being held in the Sarpy County Jail on $2 million bail and must pay 10 percent, or $200,000, to be released from jail.

Clark already was awaiting trial on charges of domestic assault resulting in injury, domestic threats and being a felon in possession of a gun. Those charges were the result of an Oct. 30 incident in which police were called to the home Clark shared with Brenda Henderson and found Henderson injured.

He is now accused of fatally shooting Henderson, 35, about 1:15 a.m. Dec. 13 in their home near Childs and Camp Gifford Roads. Also at the house were the couple’s 17-year-old and 11-year-old sons, who now live with relatives.

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Sarpy County Judge Tricia Freeman on Tuesday ordered Clark to stand trial in Sarpy County District Court. She issued the order after reviewing testimony and arguments made Feb. 5 during a preliminary hearing.

Freeman heard testimony from Lindsey Betsworth, a Bellevue police detective, who said Clark told her that Henderson had purchased a handgun the day before her death.

Betsworth said Clark told her that both he and Henderson had been hearing voices in the house and also believed someone had placed child pornography on their computer.

Clark also allegedly told detectives that he and Henderson barricaded themselves in their bedroom where he heard voices “coming from a pile of clothes.” Clark said he fired a shot into the clothes because he thought the pile had moved.

Clark told detectives that he took the gun into the bathroom because he heard voices coming from under the sink. Henderson left, he said, to check on their 11-year-old son.

“Mr. Clark then stated that he thought he heard something as he came out of the bathroom, where he was surprised by an individual that he shot ... in the arm,” the judge wrote in her decision. “Mr. Clark then realized it was Ms. Henderson that he had shot.”

Betsworth said an autopsy was conducted and that it was found that Henderson had been shot in the neck from at least 36 inches away. Freeman said in her decision that Clark “may not have intended to shoot Ms. Henderson, but his actions suggest that he was intending to shoot someone.”

Freeman rejected the defense’s contention that the shooting was accidental, due in part to Henderson having run back into the bedroom from checking on their son.

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