Murder charges filed in teen stabbing death


WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A Wilkes-Barre man says he acted in self-defense when he stabbed his 17-year-old nephew, Tarese Previlon, who died several weeks later.

That man, 58-year-old Milton Clark, is now charged with homicide in the boy’s death. Clark claims he was attacked by his nephew, but investigators say that is simply not true.

“I’m innocent until proven guilty in a court of law,” Clark said as he was being led out of court.

Clark is accused of stabbing Tarese Previlon in the early morning hours of April 23rd at a house on Holland Street where he lived with Previlon and his mother. Detectives say Clark was peeping on Previlon’s mother while she was taking a bath. When she called her son for help, a fight broke out.

“I told them to stop fighting,” Lynn Williams, Tarese’s mother said. “And that’s when my son said, mom, he stabbed me. He stabbed me.”

The coroner says her son died several weeks later from medical complications resulting from the stabbing. But Clark tells a different story.

“He tried to hurt me, and my nephew he’s 18-years-old, so, therefore, I did what I had to do to protect myself,” Clark said. “So, he tried to hurt me on several occasions since my arrival.”

 When asked about Clark’s assertion that he was defending himself, Assistant District Attorney Gene Molino said, “I can’t speak to that right now. The complaint and affidavit will speak for itself.”

The victim’s mother has obtained a Protection for Abuse Order against Clark. He cannot go near her family if released from prison, where he remains locked up without bail.

Clark will have a preliminary hearing next week.

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