Detectives testify during Starbuck murder trial

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 13, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Updated Monday, May 13 at 6:21 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Many witnesses took the stand Monday during the second day of the Clay Starbuck trial.

Spokane County Sheriff’s detectives took up most of the day on the stand saying they’re sure they have the right person.

Deputies told the judge about the brutality of Chanin Starbuck’s murder. Those details captivated the entire Sheriff’s Department. Major Crimes said they exercised every available resource for the case.

One of the detectives, James Dresback, testified about being the one to tell Clay about Chanin’s death.

“His knees kind of buckled looked surprised. I was surprised he hadn’t heard about it yet,” said Dresback.

Dresback told the jury Clay appeared distraught but didn’t seem genuine. He said Clay immediately told them about Chanin’s sexual escapades with men she met on the internet. The detective said he had to tell Clay to go home and be with his kids to the point Dresback thought he was coming across as rude.

The defense said Clay was just trying to help. They believe no matter what he said to detectives they would have spun it to fit their theory.

There was also testimony on the route Clay said he took the morning of the murder when his car allegedly broke down.

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