Marquee Executive Compliments Prosecutor, Police for Work on Theatre Robberies

by Tony Rutherford HuntingtonNews.Net Reporter
Marquee Executive Compliments Prosecutor, Police for Work on Theatre Robberies

HUNTINGTON, WV (HNN) - Curtis McCall, president and CEO of Marquee Cinemas, complimented the work of the prosecutor’s office and police on behalf of himself and the employees of Marquee Cinemas Pullman Square.

“They caught those that were involved, that’s the big thing,” McCall said. He added that with the conviction it’s time to put the robberies behind and to move on.

A Cabell County jury took about an hour to find Joshawa Clark guilty of two counts of conspiracy and armed robbery stemming from two 2009 hold ups of the theatre where he had worked. Clark will be sentenced March 2

The two Cabell County prosecuting attorneys who worked on the Clark case were pleased too with the result.  Assistant Cabell County Prosecuting Attorney Jason Spears said in a Herald Dispatch interview that  he and co-counsel Jara Howard: are " very happy with the verdict the jury came back with. We were confident that the defendant had perpetrated the crimes against Marquee Cinemas and its employees... I hope this serves as a message to Cabell County and anyone who is thinking of doing something like this that it’s not going to be tolerated.”

Clark had maintained his innocence despite evidence of communications with Dustin Shaver following the robberies and money still wrapped in bands used by the theatre in his home safe. Shaver testified against Clark as part of a plea bargain.

After Clark  had been handcuffed and led away, he told WSAZ that he loved his family.

Detectives showed surveilance video from both the inside of the cinema and video outside of the housing units where Shaver and Clark lived in Marcum Terrace to the jury.

Clark took the stand in his own defense, claiming that he was the person who reported the robberies to 911. In addition, he stated that he thought the loot given to him by Shaver was a gift for Shaver's girl friend.

A November 2008 robbery at the Pullman theatre  remains unsolved. McCall indicated that initially law enforcement thought it might be connected to the one's in 2009, but the theory did not work out.