Stabbing, homicide suspect appears in Rock County Court

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Frank Schultz
Friday, May 9, 2014

JANESVILLE—The man accused of stabbing a man and killing a woman Sunday in Janesville made a brief appearance Friday in Rock County Court.

Clayton J. Courtney, 28, appeared via video from the Rock County Jail with defense attorney Cheniqua White.

White requested a preliminary hearing date on charges in the stabbing case, including attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

The district attorney's office has not issued charges in the related homicide case.

Court Commissioner Michael Haakenson set the preliminary hearing in the stabbing case for 1:45 p.m. Monday, May 19.

Janesville police continue to build a case against Courtney in the death of Britney N. Cross, 21, of Indianford, Police Chief Dave Moore said Friday.

Cross' body was found behind a vacant building Monday morning on North Main Street.

The victim in the stabbing case, Michael Clark, told police Courtney would frequently take Cross to the area near the Veterans Memorial Bridge to drink and smoke marijuana, according to a search warrant released Friday.

That tip led officers to the body, which was a short distance south of the bridge.

Cross died of a blow to the head, police have said. The search warrant states her face was “badly beaten.”

Courtney returned to his residence, 1602 N. Pontiac Drive, Janesville, later Sunday night. He shared the house with Clark, Clark's girlfriend and the couple's two children, according to the criminal complaint.

Courtney is accused of being under the influence of alcohol and cocaine while tearing apart the house's kitchen, trying to set fire to a car in the garage and striking and stabbing Clark.

The search warrant authorized officers to obtain Courtney's medical records as well as blood and urine samples while he was being treated at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center after complaining of ankle and kidney pain after his arrest.

During the fight with Clark, Courtney is alleged to have said he had already killed three people that night.

Moore said no new bodies have been found, and no suspicious circumstances are known that would lead police to look for bodies.

Last updated: 5:28 pm Friday, May 9, 2014

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