Chanin's mom: "jail is too nice of a place for his kind"



Posted on June 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 5:54 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The mother of murder victim Chanin Starbuck said she always knew her daughter’s ex-husband was guilty of killing Chanin. Melanie Bourcier spoke to reporters shortly after a jury convicted her ex-son-in-law.

Jurors found Clay Starbuck guilty of murder Tuesday afternoon. The Deer Park strangled Chanin to death in December 2011. She was also tased, covered in bruises and sexually violated.

“Hopefully he’ll be in prison, jail is too nice of a place for his kind,” said Melanie Bourcier.

Chanin’s mother flew to Spokane to attend the trial. She said her daughter and her spoke everyday before Chanin’s murder. Bourcier said her daughter frequently told her about problems with Clay. 

“She told me everything that he was doing while she was going to school, all the shooting out of the windows and breaking into the house and stealing things,” said Bourcier.

Chanin’s mother said she feels most sorry for her grandchildren.

Defense lawyers question Chanin’s ex-lovers during the trial. Clay’s defense said there was DNA on Chanin and in her home belonging to other men. 

Bourcier said the way defense lawyers portrayed her daughter was a lie.

“That’s the only thing he had to go on. That is the only thing that he planned ahead that he thought everyone would fall for,” said Bourcier. “You have to understand, she was 42-years-old and divorced. If she was going to date more power to her. At least she had a life. She didn’t have a life with him.”

Clay faces life in prison for killing Chanin. He will be sentenced at a later date.