COPY-Police: Janesville stabbing suspect also investigated in woman's death
JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Janesville's police chief says a stabbing suspect is also under investigation in connection to a woman's death, after his claims of killing several people.
Authorities say 28-year old Clayton Courtney was arrested Sunday after his housemate was stabbed, and there was an attempt to start a car fire, at Courtney's home on North Pontiac Drive. Officials say his housemate was treated at Mercy Hospital and released.
Separately, police officials say a woman's body was discovered near the Rock River and the Memorial Street Bridge Monday morning.
Janesville Police Chief David Moore says witnesses to the stabbing quote Courtney as making a terrible claim.
"Mr. Courtney stated, 'I've killed three people tonight. We are all going to die,' " Moore says.
Moore also says earlier in the evening of the stabbing, Courtney told others he planned to rendezvous with a woman under the Memorial Street Bridge to drink and do drugs.
Courtney's neighbor, Joyce Little, tells 27 News she saw Courtney with a woman on recent nights who appeared to be in her twenties. "All I can say is she had dark hair and it was quite long."
Authorities have yet to release the identify of the discovered body.
Moore says when Courtney was arrested following the stabbing, he was smeared with mud from somewhere other than the North Pontiac Drive property.
Moore also says Saturday's disappearance of 75-year old Mary Coulthard of Janesville has become part of the investigation into Courtney's actions. Authorities say Coulthard's water bottle was found on another bridge over the Rock River.
Moore says the body found Monday was of a woman considerably younger than Coulthard.
Online court records show Courtney has had several brushes with the law, but no criminal charge since a misdemeanor crime in 2011.
UPDATE (WKOW) -- The Janesville man charged with attempted first degree reckless homicide made statements to police that now have them looking at him after finding the body of a deceased woman near the Rock River.
Police, at a news conference Monday morning, say 28-year-old Clayton Courtney made statements he had already killed three people. He had mentioned going under a bridge, near the river, to drink with a female. That led police to search the area where they found the body of a younger woman Monday morning. Authorities are not releasing, at this time, the woman's name or how she died.
Courtney was found covered in mud and blood, which police say is not consistent with Pontiac Drive scene.
Police also say they won't rule out Courtney being involved in the disappearance of 75-year-old Mary Coulthard. They conducted a search along the river, to the border, but haven't located Coulthard. ******** JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- A Janesville man is charged with Attempted Homicide after police say he stabbed a man, then set a woman's car on fire.
The man who was stabbed, Michael J. Clark, 28, has near-fatal injuries. He was stabbed several times and transported to Mercy Hospital for treatment.
Janesville police were called to the 1600 block of North Pontiac Drive just after 10:00 p.m. Sunday for a report of a fight between two men who lived at the address. The other male resident, Clayton J. Courtney, 28, attempted to run away when police arrived, but was caught after a brief pursuit. He was taken to Mercy Hospital for an ankle injury. A female resident, Jessica Moe, 32, was not injured in the incident. Two small children who were sleeping at the time were not hurt.
Police say Courtney also tried to set Miss Moe's vehicle on fire while it was parked in the attached garage. He's charged with Attempted First Degree Reckless Homicide, Attempted Arson, Criminal Damage and Disorderly Conduct and is being held at the Rock County Jail.
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