Witnesses Take To The Stand In The Clay Starbuck Trial; Dylan Wohlenhaus Reports
by Dylan Wohlenhaus, KHQ Local News Reporter - email
SPOKANE, Wash. - Monday marked day two of the Clay Starbuck trial. Several witnesses took to the stand.
Prosecutors called several witnesses to the stand to try and prove Clay Starbuck murdered his ex-wife Chanin. Detectives testified on Monday that when they found the body of Chanin in her bedroom, she was laying in a position that would "dis-credit her," leaving investigators to believe her death was no accident.
Detectives testified Clay showed up at a neighbor's home while investigators were on scene and asked, "why are you at my ex wife's house," and told detectives that he was "concerned because of the lifestyle" Chanin was living.
Detectives testified they believe Clay was trying to point their investigation in a "different direction." Starbuck's defense attorneys cross examined the detectives as they testified.
Clay has also told authorities that Chanin would meet men online and dropped hints of Chanin's alleged "sexual proclivity."
SPOKANE, Wash. Opening statements began Thursday in the trial of
Clay Starbuck, who is accused of murdering his ex-wife and sexually
violating human remains. Chanin Starbuck was found dead in her deer
park home in December of 2011. Not long after the murder deputies
arrested her ex-husband Clay and said he was the man responsible for
The state made their opening statements first and
they said that the DNA showed it could have only been one of three
people: Clay Starbuck or two of his kids. The kids were at work and
The defense talked about Clay as a
family man and said that he was a devoted father who spoke with Chanin
only in the interest of their children. Clay Starbuck called Crime
Check out of concern for Chanin and he consoled the kids about the loss
of their mother.
The defense claimed Clay
voluntarily offered all of his information including cell phone records
and DNA because they claim Clay had nothing to hide.
KHQ Local News will be in the courtroom for the duration of this trial.
PARK, Wash – The trial for Clay Starbuck, 48, is now underway at the
Spokane County Courthouse, beginning with jury selection.
is charged with aggravated first-degree murder in the December 2011
death of his ex-wife, Chanin Starbuck, at her Deer Park home, and
sexually violating her remains.
Monday, KHQ learned the defense
plans to call Chanin's own mother as a witness in the case, meaning
she can not sit in on the proceedings against her own daughter's
accused killer. As a result, she was not able to comment to KHQ
This case began back in late 2011, when Chanin
Starbuck's out-of-town relatives reported to police they hadn't heard
from her in a while, her phone was off, and they were concerned about
potential domestic violence involving her ex-husband, Clay.
had filed four police reports with the Spokane County Sheriff's
Office in the months before her death, concerned that Clay Starbuck
had been entering her home and stealing property without her
Through the course of the investigation, police
began to believe Starbuck planned to kill his ex-wife, asked her to
take their kids to school on the morning of December 1, 2011, then
came into her home while she was away, hid, and attacked her upon her
Chanin Starbuck was found strangled on a bed, and
police believe her body was positioned after her death so as to
In court Monday, a family friend told KHQ his
wife was a supervisor in the dental program at Spokane Community
College, which Chanin Starbuck had just graduated from a few months
before her death. Chanin reportedly told her, "Clay's going to kill
Monday, Clay Starbuck's defense attorney, Derek Reid,
stood by the innocence of his client, telling KHQ, "I can't believe
they arrested the wrong man."
Opening arguments are expected to begin later this week, and the trial is expected to last a month.
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