- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Indonesian authorities have detained a former Austin police officer who was wanted in the February killing of a pregnant crime victims counselor.

Efforts are underway to return VonTrey Clark, who’s being held on a visa-related issue, to the U.S. so that he can be questioned in the death of 29-year-old Samantha Dean, a Kyle police employee whose body was found Feb. 4.

Clark had a romantic relationship with Dean, and court records indicate he fathered Dean’s unborn child and wanted her to have an abortion in the weeks before her death, the Austin American-Statesman and television station KVUE (https://atxne.ws/1DpE4W0 ) reported.

He hasn’t been charged with a crime, and his attorney, Bristol C. Myers, said he was in Indonesia for a medical issue and wasn’t involved in the woman’s death. Myers noted that Clark booked an international round trip flight in his own name and used his own passport, which are “not the hallmarks of a fugitive.”

“Had officer Clark been arrested locally, prosecutors would have 90 days to secure a grand jury indictment, or else they would have to release him on bond,” Myers said. “If investigators are still worried about whether they have enough evidence to secure an indictment, having officer Clark detained overseas would be the perfect tactic to buy more time.”

Authorities say Dean was shot three times in the head, likely in Bastrop County, and that her body was found behind a vacant building near the Texas 71 highway. No one has been charged in Dean’s slaying, but three others have been identified as suspects in connection to the killing.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo fired Clark, who worked three years for the police department, for a number of policy violations, including associating with known criminals and not providing information, including cellphone records, as part of an internal affairs investigation.

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Information from: KVUE-TV, https://www.kvue.com

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