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 >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 2:43 AM EST2013-12-10 07:43:09 GMT
Spokane Police say they are investigating a shooting that happened just after 6:00pm in downtown Spokane Monday night. More >>
Spokane Police say they are investigating a shooting that happened just after 6:00pm in downtown Spokane Monday night. Officers say when they arrived there was no one in the parking lot near Division and Main, however they did find evidence showing that at least two shots from a shotgun had been fired.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 2:33 AM EST2013-12-10 07:33:17 GMT
KHQ.COM - Monday night the Spokane City Council voted 6-0 to keep parking meters free in downtown Spokane during holidays. More >>
KHQ.COM - Monday night the Spokane City Council voted 6-0 to keep parking meters free in downtown Spokane during holidays. However that ordinance will also change how you park on non-holidays too. Council members hope changes to on-street parking will make things easier and more inviting for folks hoping to head downtown to shop and eat.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 10:50 PM EST2013-12-10 03:50:54 GMT
Winter on Lake Coeur d'Alene means many things. People come from all over to see the lights illuminate the lake near the resort. More >>
Winter on Lake Coeur d'Alene means many things. People come from all over to see the lights illuminate the lake near the resort. But they also come for nature. And in the winter, that means Bald Eagles taking advantage of all of the fish. KHQ Local News Reporter Gabe Cohen tagged along with some eagle enthusiasts Monday morning.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 9:49 PM EST2013-12-10 02:49:42 GMT
It may be the most wonderful time of the year as the holidays draw near, but there's nothing wonderful about this weather for many families across the Inland Northwest.More >>
It may be the most wonderful time of the year as the holidays draw near, but there's nothing wonderful about this weather for many families across the Inland Northwest who are dealing with frozen or burst pipes. The owner of First Response Plumbing told KHQ's Kelsey Watts on a normal day they have 3-6 scheduled appointments. But Monday? They responded to 14 calls. And on Saturday? They got 80.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 9:10 PM EST2013-12-10 02:10:20 GMT
In a press release issued Monday evening, the Salvation Army says the mystery Gold Coin donor has once again dropped off the annual donation in a bell ringer's kettle.More >>
In a press release issued Monday evening, the Salvation Army says the mystery Gold Coin donor has once again dropped off the annual donation in a bell ringer's kettle. The Salvation Army says the donor wrapped the one ounce South African Krugerrand in a crisp $100 bill and dropped it in a bell ringer's kettle at the Fred Meyer Wandermere. As of Monday night, an ounce of gold is going for about $1,238 an ounce.More >>
UPDATE: A judge sentenced former Shadle Park teacher Ryan Murphy to 90 days of work release and restitution to the victim. Murphy must also relinquish his teaching license. On Monday Murphy struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to 3rd Degree Assault in a Non-Sexual Manner.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 6:58 PM EST2013-12-09 23:58:22 GMT
After considering all of the information presented, the appeals board upheld the original ruling by the University.More >>
After considering all of the information presented, the appeals board upheld the original ruling by the University Disciplinary Board that puts students Dan McIntosh and Erik Fagan on indefinite probation for a weapons policy violation.More >>
A sign posted to the front door Monday morning said it loud and clear: "Adams is closed." Frozen pipes led the fire suppression system to fail, causing the sprinklers to go off. Damages to the ceiling tiles, carpets and classroom materials totaled thousands of dollars spread across five classrooms at Adams Elementary in the Central Valley School District.More >>
Monday, December 9 2013 5:44 PM EST2013-12-09 22:44:11 GMT
KHQ.COM - Federal officials have filed five criminal cases against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies.More >>
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal officials have filed five criminal cases against 18 current and former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies as part of an FBI investigation into allegations of civil rights abuses and corruption in the nation's largest jail system.More >>