Police make arrest in 2009 Laurel homicide

July 22, 2011

Laurel Police closed a nearly two-year-old homicide case July 20 when they obtained an arrest warrant for the man who allegedly murdered Laurel resident Anthony Sparacino in October 2009.

Clark McKnight, 44, is being charged with first-degree murder. He is currently incarcerated in a federal jail on unrelated charges.

Police Chief Richard McLaughlin said a DNA match led police to McKnight, but could not provide further details on the closure of the case.

On the morning of Oct. 13, 2009, police found Sparacino dead in his Dorset Road home after responding to a call from relatives of Sparacino who had been unable to contact him for several days.

Sparacino, who was 44, had been dead for at least two days before police found him. A medical examiner determined the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head.

McLaughin said the closing of the case is "wonderful."

"I think it finally gives the family some closure, so much needed closure," he said.

Police had referred to Sparacino's murder as a cold case because they had been investigating it for nearly two years. But his case is not the only one Laurel Police have spent a long time trying to solve.

Brian Moses, a Laurel High graduate, was murdered in 2005 at the age of 20. Police believe he was stabbed in the Grove neighborhood and was attempting to drive away when he crashed his black Cadillac into a wall on West Street. He lived for three weeks after he was stabbed but was never stable to talk about what happened.

He died Oct. 9, 2005 and his homicide case remains open.

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