Clark's attorney claims self-defense

Published: Oct. 20, 2015 at 8:04 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2015 at 9:27 AM CDT
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(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)
(SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

CORDOVA, TN (WMC) - Less than 24 hours after Memphis police officer Terrence Olridge was laid to rest, the man who shot Olridge appeared in court for charges of a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

Lorenzo Clark appeared in General Sessions Court again on Tuesday for the gun charges, but not on murder.

Investigators said Clark killed Olridge outside a home in Cordova during a shootout. However, there was not enough evidence to charge Clark with murder.

Clark's attorney, William Massey, said his client acted in self defense and was working on his car when the shooting happened.

"He had the air compressor pulled outside. It was hooked to his tire when this happened and it was still hooked to his tire when it ended," said Massey.

This is not Clark's first run-in with law enforcement. He has a history of charges which include assault, disorderly conduct, trespassing, and unlawful possession of a weapon in a public place.

Clark is being held on a $100,000 bond. Massey said that amount is excessive.

"This offense is the same level as a theft over $500. How many $100,000 bonds have you seen?" said Massey.

Clark will be in court Thursday for the federal charge. He returns to General Sessions Court on October 28 for the state charge.

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