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    Ark. claims panel holds DHS liable in '09 death of Maurice "Beau" Clark

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The state Claims Commission says the Arkansas Department of Human Services is liable for the death of a 67-year-old man who was shot and killed by a teenager who was recently released from DHS custody.

    The commission made the finding this week in a claim filed by the estate of Maurice "Beau" Clark, who was killed in a 2009 home invasion. Antonio Terry, who was 16 at the time, was charged as an adult in Clark's death and pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.

    Authorities say Terry had been released from a juvenile detention center after serving only three months for burglary and theft.

    A DHS spokeswoman declined to comment.

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports (http://is.gd/lPp3po ) that a Dec. 13 hearing is set to determine the dollar amount of damages.

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    Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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