Clay Starbuck testifies during murder trial

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 4:22 PM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 6:34 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Murder suspect Clay Starbuck testified in a Spokane courtroom Thursday.


Starbuck is charged with the murder of his ex-wife Chanin Starbuck. Her body was found inside her home in December 2011. Officers believe Clay strangled Chanin. Prosecutors charged him with murder and with the violation of human remains.

Clay’s lawyers admitted to KREM 2 News that Clay was nervous about taking the stand Thursday. Yet Clay maintained that he had nothing to do with Chanin’s death.

The murder suspect stood by previous statements and reminded jurors that he has always cooperated with police. Clay even gave multiple interviews freely. He testified that he provided detectives with his cell phone, his DNA, and his fingerprints.

Clay told jurors that when his knees buckled when detectives told him Chanin was murdered.

“It was shocking. I just remember my chest, it was just a big shock,” said Clay.

However the prosecution insists there was no way the news was a shock because Clay murdered Chanin.

Prosecutors grilled Clay during cross examination. They questioned him about a restraining order against him made by Chanin. Lawyers also asked about the thousands of dollars in child support Clay owed his ex-wife.

Lawyers also asked Clay about the way Chanin’s body was found. Detectives had said her body was sexually violated. Prosecutors asked Clay if he thought the killer was trying to humiliate Chanin.

He simply answered “no.”

The trial will resume in about a week due to a pre-scheduled break. The judge scheduled closing arguments to begin Monday, June 3rd.

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