ATF agent on trial for murder in the U.S. Virgin Islands

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Washington (CNN) — Is Will Clark a villain or a hero?  Was the off-duty federal agent brave and chivalrous, or did he overreact when he intervened in a heated domestic argument and shot a man five times, killing him?

A U.S. Virgin Islands jury this week will hear the case for and against Clark, a nine-year veteran of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, now charged with second degree murder.

The prosecution of Special Agent William G. Clark for the 2008 shooting death of Marcus Sukow has enraged many federal law enforcement officers, who say Clark was heroically coming to the defense of a battered woman.

Federal authorities were so incensed by the Virgin Island’s prosecution of Clark — and so concerned other federal agents could similarly be prosecuted — that they removed all ATF agents from the Virgin Islands in 2008, a policy that continues today, the agency said.

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