Murder trial for Hinsdale man accused of killing estranged girlfriend set to begin soon

Michael Boulais, 32, is arraigned April 17, 2018, in Berkshire Superior Court in Pittsfield on one count of murder in connection with the shooting death of Kassedi Clark, 24, described by authorities as Boulais' estranged girlfriend.

PITTSFIELD — The trial of a Hinsdale man charged with murder in connection with the shooting death of his estranged girlfriend in 2018 is expected to begin next week in Berkshire Superior Court.

Michael Boulais, 34, is accused of shooting Kassedi Clark to death in the driveway of his home. Clark was at Boulais' home to pick up their children. According to a family member who spoke with The Eagle, the two had four children in common.

Clark, 24, of Hinsdale was a nursing student at Berkshire Community College at the time of her death.

According to court files, a man identifying himself as Boulais made a 911 call about 8:45 a.m. on April 13, 2018, and told police he had just killed his ex-girlfriend. Police found Boulais on the ground in the driveway of 53 Ashmere Drive, near the passenger side of a parked 2010 Dodge Journey SUV, holding a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun. Officers persuaded him to drop the gun and took him into custody.

The gun, which was registered to Boulais, had an empty magazine inside. He was carrying a second, fully loaded magazine in his pocket.

Clark was found in the passenger seat of the car, with gunshot wounds to her head and body. An officer checked for a pulse and found none.

Boulais said he and Clark had dated for about nine years, and during that time had numerous arguments that escalated into physical violence, according to police. The shooting apparently stemmed from an argument as well, according to court files.

Boulais' trial, once it begins, is expected to last five to seven days, according to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano, who is prosecuting the case. The exact start date will be determined once another case — the trial of Ryan Peterson and Keith Larrabee on charges connected to a 2017 stabbing in North Adams — wraps up.

Testimony in that trial is expected to begin Tuesday after the conclusion of jury selection and is expected to conclude early next week.

Boulais has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder. If convicted, he faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.