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 10:35 AM EST2013-12-08 15:35:28 GMT
Sunday: A fairly compact system cruises through the area. Progressing from mostly cloudy with light snow to partly cloudy.More >>
Sunday: A fairly compact system cruises through the area. Progressing from mostly cloudy with light snow (in easternmost WA/ID Panhandle) to partly cloudy. Expect a dusting to ½" light valley snow & mountain snowfall up to 2". Interstate 90/pass impacts will be minimal. Low/High 0°/14° 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 >>
Friday, December 6 2013 2:17 PM EST2013-12-06 19:17:01 GMT
SPOKANE, Wash. - Many airlines have commemorative art they display on their airplanes to pay tribute to various things. More >>
SPOKANE, Wash. - Many airlines have commemorative art they display on their airplanes to pay tribute to various things. Over the past 20 years, KHQ's Reed Schmitt has had a hobby of photographing planes as the fly in and out of Spokane International Airport. Reed sorted through over 30,000 photos to gather all of the planes he photographed that displayed commemorative art.More >>
Friday, December 6 2013 8:58 AM EST2013-12-06 13:58:28 GMT
KHQ.COM - Most of us have experienced this before: We take our children to go see Santa Claus only to have our children scream as if we were abandoning them forever. More >>
KHQ.COM - Most of us have experienced this before: We take our children to go see Santa Claus, hoping to get a wonderful photo for the family Christmas card, only to have our children scream as if we were abandoning them forever. Here are some great photos of these moments captured in time.More >>