UPDATE: Beaufort County Murder Suspect Arrested

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says a crimestoppers tip led to the arrest of a murder suspect.

The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office says 46-year-old Donald Silverthorne of Clark Court in Grimesland was arrested Monday at a residence on Highway 43 South in Grimesland.

Silverthorne is charged in the death last October of 52-year- old Billy Clark. He was found lying on the ground in Grimesland and later died at the hospital.

The cause of death was listed as blunt force trauma.

Bond for Silverthorne is set at $100,000.

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  • by (son of ) Billy Clark Location: greenville on Oct 24, 2010 at 12:32 PM
    For your information I have never stolen from my father!!! I loved my father very much and I want to know the truth!! Its funny how people get up here and bad mouth my dad and me pretty much!!I know pretty much who you are and I know what kinda people you are too!!(Child molesters,theifs,etc.) You are no better than my father. He was a great man ,yeah he had his flaws just like everyone does,and his was alcohol.I have been with my dad for 34 yrs and i have never seen him fall like that!!He was the toughest man I knew never has he ever just laid there and not responded to me when i talked to him!!I feel in my heart that he was beaten to death!How can you explain his fingernails being ripped off? I just found out about this website and its been a year isn't that crazy? Anyways I'm pretty much lost now since my father has passed don't know which way to go but believe me justice will be served!!!!I just want to thank all of you who support my father!
  • by One of the Clarks Location: Washington on Sep 1, 2010 at 06:14 PM
    To the brother of Donald Silverthorne & the mac--You have grossly misspoken. Billy was loved by many, this was quite apparent from the outpouring of support from the community, friends, and family when he was unjustly taken. He was a father, brother, grandfather, and a friend. You obviously don’t know all of his family. In response to the “live and let live” comment, did Donald have this philosophy when he brutally beat Billy, drug him from the house off the porch, & left him to freeze? Was he thinking this while he was bashing his head into the refrigerator? How would you feel if the tables were turned & your brother was dead? Any decent human would not leave their dog outside unprotected from the elements with temperatures in the teens. It takes heartless, cruel, uncaring souls to treat anyone the way Billy was left to die. All present that night should be charged, no one tried to stop it or get help. There is a place for these people—not just prison either.
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on Sep 1, 2010 at 04:29 PM
    Think for a minute,duhh!!! There were two people at the scene of the crime. Why is only one being charged with anything. Why was Billy left out in the cold with no shirt on. Wonder where the hypothermia came from. duhh!! I am sorry Billy died the way he did, no one deserves that. Accidents do happen. Maybe they were fighting and maybe things got out of hand. Billy did walk out of the house alive, according to both parties. So, what happened next, no body knows, maybe he did bump his head on something, maybe he did have a concussion and made it out doors before he fell unconscious. Nobody knows but GOD!! So, people need to keep there opinions to themselves. People are saying Justice is being served. Well, is it. Or is it people trying to cover upho w they miss treated Billy when he was alive. Where was all the concern when he was alive. I don't believe Donald killed Billy, and anyone that knows donald knows he isn't a murderer. They have the wrong person.
  • by hmmm Location: Grimesland on Sep 1, 2010 at 11:10 AM
    I know Donald and all of his family and billy and if you dont know what happened or anything to do with him how about shut your mouth and leave it the hell alone! Let it be your family and lets see what you think and this isnt Church no need for preaching up here it is done already!!
  • by Anonymous Location: Unknown on Aug 31, 2010 at 09:55 PM
    I know Donald personally, I also know that he did not commit the crime that he has been charged with. I also knew Billy and I have been around when he drank and got so drunk that he couldn't even stand up straight or walk and would fall down and hit his head. Billy was an alcoholic, a mean one at that, but when he was sober he was a pretty nice guy. Donald is also a really nice guy who enjoys drinking. Donald did not murder, Billy. This is just another example of what drunkedness and foolishness does. Donald is going to jail for something that he didn't do and Billy is dead. I am sorry for Billy's family, but I know that Donald didn't do this. I can't believe they waited 10 months to arrest him either. Whoever called in and gave a fake tip, karma is coming to get you. We love you Donald!
  • by M Location: chocowinity on Aug 31, 2010 at 04:27 PM
    To last wife: U and husband have my prayers. The Bible says "JUDGE NOT"
  • by one son's girlfriend and the son on Aug 31, 2010 at 03:34 PM
    Well I guess that he got caught. So that is it for now until the court hearing I guess
  • by Last Wife Location: Irrelevant on Aug 31, 2010 at 06:23 AM
    I am appalled at some of the comments here. While some are caring most are concerned about location. Yes Billy was an alcoholic with many life long ghosts. However there was also a time we were homeowners, a very proud time in his life. He loved grilling out,playing with the family dog, fishing and dancing. He went to work everyday and paid his bills. Unfortunately he also loved alcohol and eventually I moved aaway and started life over. Please know he laughed and cried like everyone else. He once knew what goals were. He could at times be as warm and loving as anyone. He loved Sunday dinner when the kids came along with grandchildren for the day. I lost track of Billy when I left but we never divorced. It breaks my heart he never found his way. He did not deserve to die this way, no one does. I just wanted people to know there was once a different Billy. He finally has peace and I pray he is with God now.
  • by BCCit Location: BC on Aug 31, 2010 at 04:55 AM
    Great job Pitt County
  • by Hello on Aug 31, 2010 at 02:40 AM
    Some people up here should use spell check. It's like reading my first grader's homework.

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