$1M Bond Set in Poker Game Shooting

Victim's husband says his wife was "very good at cards"

By Ivanna Hampton
|  Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010  |  Updated 7:36 AM CDT
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Lady luck ran out for a Calumet Heights poker player after the card player shot one of her opponents.

Bond was set at $1 million for Rosie Morris, of the 9300 block of South Ridgeland, who is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Patrica Clark, of Country Club Hills, during a card game last Thursday night, according to the Sun-Times.

Clark, a 51-year-old preacher, came to Morris' home to collect a $300 gambling debt from a friend who was playing cards there.

The group invited her to play. She did and cleaned up four hours later. 

But the host's temper flared along with cheating accusations against her poker playing guest, who won an $800 pot.

James Clark, the victim's husband, defended his wife saying she "didn't cheat and didn't need to cheat, she's just very good at cards."

Morris left the room, grabbed a gun and fired it several times while Clark's back was turned, prosecutors said.

Clark died Saturday night.

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