Starbuck kids accuse prosecutors of "stuffing evidence, ignoring facts"

Starbuck kids accuse prosecutors of

Starbuck kids accuse prosecutors of "stuffing evidence, ignoring facts"



Posted on June 5, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 6 at 1:44 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The family of murderer Clay Starbuck released a statement Wednesday about his recent conviction.

The Deer Park father was convicted Tuesday of killing his ex-wife, Chanin Starbuck, and violating her remains.

Clay and Chanin Starbuck had five kids together. Clay’s sister sent KREM 2 News a statement from his kids on Wednesday afternoon. It reads:

"Dad is NOT Guilty. Prosecution and those who say our Dad is jealous, angry, abusive, greedy, and obsessive, are saying lies. Dad has handled this whole situation the way he handles everything...with truth, good character, and respect. He has tried very hard to protect Mom from the mysterious, sneaky men that she was putting herself and us kids around.

We are extremely disappointed that information was withheld from the Jury from the very beginning. Before our testimony, we were told that we were not allowed to talk at all about our Mom's lifestyle, or we would be stopped from speaking further.

After this lopsided trial, we want a trial where all the information can be presented to the Jurors, so they won't be surprised later to find out everything that they were not told from the beginning, allowing a NOT GUILTY verdict as it should have been all along. Prosecution hasn't proven a thing.

If they wanted to look into the character of our parents, you would think they would begin by talking with us kids.

When Grandma Melanie talks to the news media about us kids being brain washed and all the other stuff we hear her say on the news, she doesn't realize that she doesn't know what she is talking about. We lived it. She didn't. It isn't just two or three of's all five of us.

If the jury would have been given the truth leading up to Mom's murder, there is no way the Jury would have come to a guilty verdict. Dad has never been abusive, and those who say he was, are sadly mistaken.

Mom's online dating wasn't anything new that she started just after their divorce. She had done this for over a decade. Her family and friends don't get it, because they didn't know, or at least didn't know it was out of control like it was.

Prosecution knew that there were more guys, but it would take a lot of work to figure it out and they didn't want to do that when it was so easy to create a circumstantial case against our Dad, especially being married and divorced twice.

Prosecution stuffing evidence, ignoring facts, keeping the truth from the Jury, and treating us kids (critical material witnesses to the case!) as they have, is gross negligence.  What you are doing to our Dad, is a crime. Convicting an innocent person is WRONG.

It is true that it is a complicated case. It is also true, that it didn't need to be."

Jurors found Clay guilty of strangling Chanin in December 2011. She was also tased, covered in bruises and sexually violated.
Clay’s lawyer told KREM 2 News that their client plans to appeal the conviction. Clay will be sentenced June 27th at 1:30 p.m. Clay faces life in prison for the murder.