Mystery still surrounds 2007 murder of Clarksville man in own driveway

Dorris Clinard (Courtesy: Connie Clinard-Burnett)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Clarksville man loved by many was found stabbed to death outside his home in a quiet neighborhood in 2007.

And this month, Crime Stoppers in Montgomery County is highlighting the case with the hopes of finding new leads.

On the early morning hours of July 27, 2007, police believe Dorris Clinard stepped outside to smoke a cigarette as he did every morning before his shift at work.

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

What happened next remains a mystery, but around 7 a.m., a neighbor leaving for work saw Clinard lying between two cars in the parking area outside his home on West Park Drive.

He had been stabbed to death.

On Thursday, News 2 spoke with his wife of 38 years, Connie Clinard-Burnett.

“Not a day goes by that I still don’t think about him. He was just a kind-hearted man and I don’t see any reason why anyone would want to hurt him,” said Clinard-Burnett.

The morning he was murdered, several witnesses reporting seeing one or two suspicious men walking in the area but it never led to any suspects.

Dorris Clinard and his wife (Courtesy: Connie Clinard-Burnett)
Dorris Clinard and his wife (Courtesy: Connie Clinard-Burnett)

Detectives also found it puzzling there was no indication of a robbery.

Clinard was active in his church. He led a bible study group, served as an elder for the congregation and was in the church choir.

Longtime family friend Susan Harris told News 2 a little more about the kind of person he was.

“Everybody loved him. I mean everybody. He was just kind to everyone,” said Harris, a family friend of 20 years.

His family hopes someone with information comes forward so they can have closure and justice can be served.

If you have any information on the murder of Dorris Clinard, contact Crime Stoppers at 931-645-8477 or go to and use the web tips program to leave an anonymous tip.

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