by Dylan Wohlenhaus, KHQ Local News Reporter - email
UPDATE: On Tuesday a jury found Clay Starbuck guilty of killing his ex-wife Chanin Starbuck. Starbuck was also found guilty of sexually violating Chanin's remains. Starbuck was stoic and appeared to not show any emotion as the verdict was read.
UPDATE: The jury has come back with a verdict. The jury will read the verdict shortly before 4pm this afternoon.
UPDATE: The jury did not reach a decision Monday. They were sent home for the day around 5:00pm. They will be back Tuesday morning to deliberate. We are told 3 people were released today as alternates, leaving 5-men and 7-women on the jury.
SPOKANE, Wash. - On Monday afternoon the defense team for Clay Starbuck & prosecutors wrapped up their closing arguments in the Clay Starbuck murder trial. Starbuck is accused of murdering his ex wife Chanin Starbuck on December 1st 2011 and sexually violating her remains. In closing prosecutors painted Clay Starbuck as a jealous, obsessive and ragefull man for a number of reasons.
Clay was ordered to pay several thousands in Child support to Chanin plus attorney fees shortly after their divorce months earlier. Prosecutors also argued Clay was jealous and obsessive because he believed Chanin was cheating on him with other men and was "sexually promiscuous" & involved with online dating sites. The defense fired back saying "Clay, jealous? Maybe? Clay angry? Maybe? But not a killer."
Derek Reid, Starbuck's attorney, claims Clay is the victim of shoddy detective work and nothing more. There were two DNA samples found near the body of Chanin Starbuck. One being Clay's the other investigators could not identify. Reid argued the inconclusive DNA implicated someone else in her murder but detectives failed to follow-up. Reid argued "of course" Clay's DNA would be near Chanin in a home where Clay used to live.
Derek Reid told the jury"Murder trials need to be based more on just conjecture & speculation." This is exactly what prosecutors based their "theory" on Reid told jurors. In a rebuttal Spokane deputy prosecutor Larry Steinmetz argued that its not known if Clay acted alone in killing Chanin but the tested DNA evidence does not exclude Clay as being suspect. The jury was handed the case just after 1pm on Monday.
Thursday, July 25 2013 8:51 AM EDT2013-07-25 12:51:41 GMT
KHQ.COM - Clay Starbuck's defense attorneys filed a motion Wednesday at the Spokane County Courthouse asking the judge to drop the no-contact order between Starbuck and his three youngest children.More >>
SPOKANE, Wash. – Clay Starbuck's defense attorneys filed a motion Wednesday at the Spokane County Courthouse asking the judge to drop the no-contact order between Starbuck and his three youngest children that was upheld at his sentencing last week.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 3:05 AM EST2013-12-08 08:05:29 GMT
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A gay teacher at a suburban Philadelphia Catholic high school has been fired after he applied for a New Jersey marriage license.More >>
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A gay teacher at a suburban Philadelphia Catholic high school has been fired after he applied for a New Jersey marriage license. Michael Griffin was fired from Holy Ghost Preparatory School on Friday after administrators said his obtaining a license to marry his same-sex partner was a violation of the school's teaching terms and Griffin's contract.More >>
Sunday, December 8 2013 3:04 AM EST2013-12-08 08:04:13 GMT
Sunday: A fairly compact system cruises through the area. Progressing from mostly cloudy with light snow to partly cloudy.More >>
Overnight: Clear skies & perhaps the coldest night so far for many communities! Arctic temperatures continue with a few daily low temperature records expected to be set by morning. Sunday: A fairly compact system cruises through the area. Progressing from mostly cloudy with light snow to partly cloudy.More >>
Saturday, December 7 2013 2:56 PM EST2013-12-07 19:56:07 GMT
KHQ.COM - Fire crews are on the scene of an apartment fire on the 2900 block of South Waterford Drive. Approximately 300 people have been evacuated.More >>
SPOKANE, Wash. - Fire officials were called to the scene of a fire at Touchmark on South Hill, a senior living apartment complex on the 2900 block of South Waterford just after 7:30 Saturday morning. More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 2:18 PM EST2013-12-06 19:18:21 GMT
KHQ.COM - We all know that passwords protect our personal accounts and information. More >>
KHQ.COM - We all know that passwords protect our personal accounts and information. However it's important to make sure that your password is unique and difficult to prevent people and software programs from figuring it out.More >>