Grand Jury refuses to indict man who beat Ellisville preacher

Michael Clark
Michael Clark

A Jones County Grand Jury has refused to indict a man for beating an Ellisville preacher with an air hose.


Michael Clark admitted to attacking pastor Steve Nixon of Calvary Baptist Church in August after Clark's wife received a text message from the preacher.


Earlier this month, Nixon resigned from his church saying the drama and publicity surrounding the case has been too much for his family. District Attorney Tony Buckley said he talked to Nixon Tuesday night to see if he wanted to pursue charges, and Nixon said yes. 


The case was presented to the grand jury today (Wednesday). According to Buckley, the jury came back with a no bill - meaning it refused to issue an indictment.


The Clark's had not attended Calvary for several months, and Nixon said the text message was sent out by mistake.  


Clark was arrested and charged with felony aggravated assault after turning himself in. A few weeks after the attack, Clark publicly apologized to Nixon, who accepted.