Preliminary hearing set for man accused of killing three people

OROVILLE, Calif. - A 72-year-old man accused of killing three people and burning their bodies in a stolen car in Magalia was once again in front of a judge on Tuesday morning.

Donald Clark is facing either the death penalty or life in prison without parole for the murder of three people. Tuesday's brief appearance was to set a date for his preliminary hearing.

Clark is accused of shooting two teenagers and one of their mothers, then driving their bodies to a remote area near Magalia to burn them in their own car on June 12.

The three victims were 15-year-old Roland Lowe, Lowe's friend, 17-year-old Richard Jones, Jr., and his mother, 46-year-old Colleen Lowe.

Many of Clark's friends and some of his family members were in the courtroom on Tuesday to show their support for him.

The defense said they needed more time to gather all of the evidence in the case. For the time being, Clark sits in the Butte County Jail without bail.

His preliminary hearing is set for September 10.

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