Medical Examiner Testifies In The Clay Starbuck Murder Trial; WA - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Medical Examiner Testifies In The Clay Starbuck Murder Trial; WARNING: Graphic Details

Posted: Updated:
  • Medical Examiner Testifies In The Clay Starbuck Murder Trial; WARNING: Graphic DetailsMore>>

  • Clay Starbuck On Trial; He's Accused Of Murdering His Ex-Wife

    Clay Starbuck On Trial; He's Accused Of Murdering His Ex-Wife

    Thursday, May 16 2013 6:56 PM EDT2013-05-16 22:56:40 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Stay with KHQ for the very latest on the Clay Starbuck trial, he's accused of murdering his ex-wife.More >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Clay Starbuck's murder trial is once again underway at the Spokane County Courthouse as the prosecution continues to call witnesses to the stand. The last of the Starbuck kids testified Wednesday morning, along with the Principal of Deer Park High School, and a manager from GSI Glass in Deer Park. READ MORE DETAILS INSIDE OF THE STORY>>>
    More >>

SPOKANE, Wash. – Details surrounding the cause of death of 42-year-old Chanin Starbuck were the focus Thursday morning in the trial of her ex-husband Clay Starbuck.

Medical Examiner Sally Aiken showed photographs to the jury of Chanin Stabuck's body as she described in detail each bruise and mark pictured.

According to Dr. Aiken some injuries are consistent with the use of a stun gun and others show that the body could have been dragged or moved. For example, Chanin Starbuck had bruising under her armpits, which is consistent with what is seen in patients in the hospital who are moved while unconscious for different procedures. Some of the other bruises could be defensive wounds because of where they are located on the body, however, without watching the incident she explained it is hard to know for sure.

Dr. Aiken stated in court that the cause of death was asphyxia due to compression of the neck and that the manner of death is homicide. However, she said there was no ligature mark on the victim's neck. Dr. Aiken says the lack of a mark means a soft or broad based ligature was used. For example, this could be a bed sheet, soft article of clothing, or a towel. Those types of items would not leave a mark. But, she said it could also mean the victim was put in a chokehold or bar arm hold by someone, which would not leave a mark either.

A toxicology report was also performed on Chanin Starbuck after her death. The report came back negative for both drugs and alcohol.

Another topic of discussion in court Thursday was the time of death. According to the medical examiner, determining the time of death is not very accurate despite what we see on television or read in books.

Dr. Aiken said Chanin had been dead a few days before the autopsy was performed. Upon cross-examination, the defense questioned Dr. Aiken about details surrounding how the sexual violation occurred after her death.

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Moses Lake woman arrested for attempting to sell stolen pocket watches online

    Moses Lake woman arrested for attempting to sell stolen pocket watches online

    Thursday, November 23 2017 2:11 AM EST2017-11-23 07:11:18 GMT

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Moses Lake Police Officers arrested 21-year-old Brittany Strong Wednesday morning after she attempted to sell stolen property via a Facebook buy and sell page. Just a week ago today she was arrested for stealing hundreds of pieces of mail in the Peninsula area of Moses Lake. Officers say they received several tips from our Facebook readers Tuesday that Strong was trying to sell two antique gold watches. 

    More >>

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - Moses Lake Police Officers arrested 21-year-old Brittany Strong Wednesday morning after she attempted to sell stolen property via a Facebook buy and sell page. Just a week ago today she was arrested for stealing hundreds of pieces of mail in the Peninsula area of Moses Lake. Officers say they received several tips from our Facebook readers Tuesday that Strong was trying to sell two antique gold watches. 

    More >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, November 22nd

    Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, November 22nd

    Thursday, November 23 2017 2:00 AM EST2017-11-23 07:00:14 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, November 22nd.

    More >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, November 22nd.

    More >>
  • Balloons, Broadway stars and security at Macy's parade

    Balloons, Broadway stars and security at Macy's parade

    Thursday, November 23 2017 1:28 AM EST2017-11-23 06:28:32 GMT

    NEW YORK (AP) - New faces and old favorites will fly, float and march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. And police are going all-out to secure it in a year marked by attacks on outdoor gathering spots.    The parade steps off Thursday with marching bands, performers from Broadway hits, elaborate floats and signature giant balloons.

    More >>

    NEW YORK (AP) - New faces and old favorites will fly, float and march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. And police are going all-out to secure it in a year marked by attacks on outdoor gathering spots.    The parade steps off Thursday with marching bands, performers from Broadway hits, elaborate floats and signature giant balloons.

    More >>