KHQ.COM - On Thursday afternoon our Alex Rozier sat down off camera with Clay Starbuck at the Spokane County jail. This week Starbuck was found guilty by a jury for killing his ex-wife Chanin Starbuck. Starbuck described Chanin as an artistic, loving woman who for the most part was a good mother to their five children.
Starbuck says he looks forward to an appeal and a new trial where all of the evidence can be put on the table.
When asked about the guilty verdict, Starbuck said: "I went in hoping for the best, and planned for the worst."
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.