HOUSTON, Mo. – A man accused of kidnapping and killing a woman in 2018 pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the case today in Texas County Circuit Court. He is to be sentenced on Aug. 1, 2022.

Court records indicate Kenneth Clark, 55, entered an Alford plea during proceedings before Judge John Beger.

An Alford plea is a guilty plea whereby a defendant does not admit to the criminal act but admits the evidence would likely persuade a judge or jury to find the defendant guilty.

Clark was originally charged with first-degree murder and kidnapping. The second charge was dismissed.

According to court documents, Clark forced 56-year-old Susan Campbell into a car against her will in a Walmart parking lot in Houston.

Investigators believe the two were former lovers and Clark had tracked Campbell to the parking lot. Campbell had a restraining order against Clark because she believed he was violent.

Eventually, police were called to Walt’s Convenience Store in Roby where they found Campbell dead of a gunshot wound and Clark alive but injured from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The officer involved in this case believes Clark planned this event and rented a car to actively stalk Campbell and take her out of the city to kill her.