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Man who killed two Mankato State students denied parole

Edward Richard Clark

FARIBAULT, Minn. - An 80-year-old man who murdered two Mankato State University students in 1974 will spend at least five more years in prison, the Mankato Free Press reported.

After a hearing Tuesday, May 21, the commissioner of the Department of Corrections decided not to grant parole to Edward Richard Clark. for the slayings of Michael Jimenez, 24, and Barbara Lackore Jimenez, 22.

Clark is serving two life sentences, but with the possibility of parole. He was up for parole for a third time Tuesday and again was denied. He will be eligible for release again in five years, according to a department spokeswoman.

Two juries found Clark guilty, but he maintains his innocence in the deaths of the newlyweds 45 years ago.

Clark told authorities he gave a ride to the couple, who were hitchhiking back to MSU. He claims he also picked up another hitchhiker and allowed that person to drive while he slept. He claims he woke up alone in his parked car and does not know what happened to the Jimenezes.

Evidence linking Clark to the murders was found in a storage locker he had rented, including the rifle that a ballistics test determined had fired the bullet that killed Michael Jimenez.