A Superior Court judge’s statement Tuesday that a Catholic priest “inflamed” the course of events that led up to the 2018 shooting death of a 49-year-old Hampden woman could affect whether the Rev. Anthony Cipolle returns to a ministry in Maine.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland is investigating Cipolle’s role in Renee Henneberry Clark’s final days before her brother-in-law, 56-year-old Philip Clark, killed her on July 11, 2018, diocesan spokesman Dave Guthro confirmed.
Henneberry Clark and her brother-in-law lived in adjoining apartments at 557 Kennebec Road in Hampden in a converted former convenience store. Just hours before she was killed, Cipolle and Clark got into a fight on the property that left Clark with broken ribs and a possible concussion. Clark on Tuesday was sentenced to 43 years in prison for murdering his sister-in-law.