Detectives testify about disturbing find at Clay Starbuck's Home

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 20, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Updated Monday, May 20 at 8:00 PM


SPOKANE, Wash. -- Prosecutors plan to rest their case Tuesday in the Clay Starbuck murder trial. The Deer Park man is charged with killing his ex-wife Chanin. Police believe Starbuck strangled Chanin and then violated her remains.

Prosecutors called multiple detectives to testify Monday.

The judge also ruled that the prosecution will be allowed to play the 911 call made from Chanin's phone the December 2011 morning detectives say she was murdered. The Spokane County Medical Examiner could not determine a cause of death, so the prosecution can not argue that 911 call was made during her attack.

A detective said the call contains struggling noises and was dropped. Dispatch called back and received no answer.

Authorities testified on Monday that there was little blood at the scene where Chanin Starbuck was strangled and badly beaten. Three forensic specialists took the stand and explained to the jury the extensive tests done on evidence at the scene.

Yet, the murder scene was not the only scene that had the attention of major crime's detectives. Hundreds of pictures were taken of Clay Starbuck's home in February 2011.

Previous testimony indicated Chanin's hard drive was missing. Detectives testified that they found Chanin’s gold watch and death certificate in Clay's closet

Defense lawyers said and the Starbuck kids both said that death certificate was not a trophy on display but rather that Clay just put it there so he would not lose it.

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