Man who 'slashed Instagram star's throat and put images online' wears bulletproof vest in court

The New York man accused of killing Instagram star Bianca Devins wore a bulletproof vest in court on Monday as he pleaded not guilty to her murder.

Brandon Clark, 21, from Cicero, was arraigned on a second-degree murder charge in Oneida County Court related to the death of 17-year-old Devins, who he had been spending time with for at least two months.

Devins, known among her 170,000 Instagram followers as an e-girl who posted about emo fashion and video games, was murdered on July 14 after getting into an argument with Clark, who police say slit her throat in a fit of jealousy after she kissed another man at a concert in Queens.

The case drew horror nationwide after Clark, who tried to slice his own throat as police arrived on the scene, posted photos of Devin's body on both Instagram and Discord, a chat app popular among teens.

After stabbing himself, Clark is said to have thrown himself on a tarp covering Devins' body and proceeded to take selfies, the Washington Times reported.

Oneida County District Attorney Scott D. McNamara told on Tuesday that the decision to charge Clark with second degree murder had nothing to do with his mental state, and is simply a product of the way the law is written in the state of New York.

'In my opinion this is a pure domestic violence case and it's your ultimate domestic violence case. It's, "I got my feelings hurts because you did something I didn't like and I killed you,"' McNamara said.

'We don't believe that there's evidence to suggest that he was suffering from any mental illness at the time of the Ms. Devins' death.'

Brandon Clark, 21, from Cicero, New York who is accused of killing Instagram star Bianca Devins (shown) wore a bulletproof vest in court on Monday (left) as he pleaded not guilty to her murder
Bianca Devins (pictured), who was known among her 170,000 Instagram followers as an e-girl, was murdered on July 14 after getting into an argument with Clark, who police say slit her throat in a fit of jealousy after she kissed another man at a concert in QueensBrandon Clark, 21, is charged with second-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty
McNamara told that to be found guilty of second degree murder in New York state, you must intend to cause a person's death, and actually succeed in causing in that death.

'Clark was not charged with murder in the first degree because to be prosecuted for that in New York state, you have be have committed a murder in the second degree plus there must be the presence of one of 14 aggravating factors..

McNamara explained that from what prosecutors now know, there was 'no aggravating factor present that would elevate this to a murder in the first degree.'

He noted that in some states premeditation can result in a charge of murder in first degree, but that is not so in New York state.

Devins' loved ones were present in the court room as Clark entered the not guilty plea to the second degree murder charge, with many wearing pink and donning pins that said 'Justice for Bianca,'

Relatives said that the teen had been set to attend Mohawk Valley Community College in the fall, and hoped to pursue a career in psychology.

Friends said Clark was a close family friend who was well known to Bianca, and not merely an 'internet boyfriend' she met on Instagram, as had been previously reported.

It's not clear, however, whether the two were involved in a romantic relationship.

'The motive is still something we are looking into,' Utica police Lt. Bryan Coromato told CNN on July 24.

We are looking at the dynamics of the relationship, what the relationship meant to him, what the relationship meant to her. There was a relationship, and it potentially was more serious to him than it was to her.'

Police say the pair had been at a concert in New York City on a Saturday night and that they had driven back to Utica later.

They were in Clark's SUV for several hours. According to internet chatrooms and comments Bianca made to friends in her final hours, they smoked marijuana together in the car.

Earlier in the night, another young man was with them. One of Bianca's friends told Rolling Stone on July 16 that Clark had become jealous because he thought she was flirting with the other male.

Messages Bianca sent from the concert indicated that Clark saw her kissing another man, and became jealous.

Utica Police Lieutenant Bryan Coromato said they received a call on the morning of July 14 that led them to the crime scene.

'We got a call from one of the parents that was concerned about some things that were occurring in the relationship at this point,' he said.

Clark posted a photo of her body with the caption 'I'm sorry Bianca' to Instagram, which has been criticized for failing to remove it for almost a day.

He had also scrawled 'May you never forget me' on the road next to them.

He also allegedly posted a photo on Discord, with the caption 'Sorry f**kers, you're gonna have to find someone else to orbit.'

Orbit refers to the internet slang term 'beta orbiters,' supposedly low-value men who cling to the social media accounts of e-girls in vain hope of reciprocated interest.

After photos of her body emerged online, numerous people called 911 to report it. Police were already trying to find the pair when he called himself. 

Police arrived at the scene on the morning of July 14 to find Clark lying on the ground beside a black SUV.

When the officer approached, he began to stab himself in the neck with a knife.

The officer requested emergency medical care as Clark then laid himself across a green tarp that was on the ground, said to have been covering Devins' body, and proceeded to take selfies.

He was subsequently taken to a hospital for emergency surgery, with his injuries described as 'severe' but not life-threatening.

As required, a plea deal was offered to Clark on Monday for the maximum possible sentence, which is 25 years to life, WKTV reported.

Clark rejected that option by entering his plea of not guilty. He was indicted on the charge of second degree murder last week by an Oneida County Grand Jury.

Clark is being held without bail. The next court date is set for September 16. 

The investigation is still on going, according to Clark's attorney, Luke Nebush. 

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