FIRST ON KHQ.COM: Jury Finds Clay Starbuck Guilty - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share

FIRST ON KHQ.COM: Jury Finds Clay Starbuck Guilty

Posted: Updated:

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.

Previous Coverage: 

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.

  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: HAZMAT Alert to Stay Indoors

    UPDATE: HAZMAT Alert to Stay Indoors

    Monday, September 15 2014 12:05 AM EDT2014-09-15 04:05:39 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Regional Transportation Metro Center says I-90 will remain closed at the state line until 6 tonight.Authorities told Victor Correa less than a gallon of trimethylamine gas leaked into the environment at the state line. Crews closed the road at about 1:30.More >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - A hazardous material leak on I-90 delayed thousands of drivers for hours Sunday afternoon. As of 7:30 p.m. the highway was still closed at the Washington-Idaho border. The Spokane Regional Transit Management Center hoped to have the Interstate back open by 9.More >>
  • UPDATE: Fire west of Quincy now 100% contained

    UPDATE: Fire west of Quincy now 100% contained

    Sunday, September 14 2014 8:39 PM EDT2014-09-15 00:39:03 GMT
    QUINCY, Wash. - Firefights fully contained a brush fire burning west of Quincy Sunday, according to the Washington State Patrol. The brush fire started near State Route 28 Saturday afternoon. It was initially estimated to be 300 acres in size, but more accurate mapping showed it was only 211 acres in size.More >>
    QUINCY, Wash. - Firefights fully contained a brush fire burning west of Quincy Sunday, according to the Washington State Patrol. The brush fire started near State Route 28 Saturday afternoon. It was initially estimated to be 300 acres in size, but more accurate mapping showed it was only 211 acres in size.
    More >>
  • Health officials warn of Sea-Tac measles exposure

    Health officials warn of Sea-Tac measles exposure

    Sunday, September 14 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-09-14 19:43:34 GMT
    SEATAC, Wash. (AP) - Public health officials are warning that people may have been exposed to measles at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They say a passenger who contracted a confirmed case of the disease - likely outside the United States - was contagious when he or she was at the airport.More >>
    SEATAC, Wash. (AP) - Public health officials are warning that people may have been exposed to measles at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They say a passenger who contracted a confirmed case of the disease - likely outside the United States - was contagious when he or she was at the airport.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.