Aunt Of Late Branch Davidian Leader Indicted For Murder

Beverly Clark

ATHENS (April 9, 2009)--The aunt of Branch Davidian leader David Koresh has been indicted on a murder charge in the stabbing death of her older sister who was Koresh’s mother.

The murder indictment against Beverly Clark, 54, was returned Tuesday by the Henderson County Grand Jury.

Clark, who is charged in the January death of Bonnie Clark Halderman, 60, remains in jail.

Authorities responding to a 911 call in January found Halderman dead in Clark's home near Chandler, about 175 miles north of Houston.

Haldeman wrote a 2007 autobiography called "Memories of the Branch Davidians: The Autobiography of David Koresh's Mother."

It described how her son, Vernon Howell, became David Koresh.

Agents from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms launched a raid on the Koresh-led Branch Davidian compound near Waco on Feb. 28, 1993, trying to arrest him for stockpiling weapons and explosives.

But gunfire immediately erupted, killing four agents and six members of the religious sect.

A 51-day standoff followed, during which time 21 children and 14 adults left the compound unharmed.

The complex caught fire and burned to the ground April 19, 1993, killing Koresh and nearly 80 of his followers, including about two-dozen children.

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