Starbuck kids testify during their father's murder trial

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 15 at 5:41 PM

SPOKANE, Wash.--The children of Chanin and Clay Starbuck testified in a Spokane County courtroom Wednesday as their father stands trial for the murder of their mother. Chanin was found dead inside her Deer Park home in December 2011. Detective said Chanin’s ex-husband, Clay, did it.

The couple’s children took the stand and said they do not believe their father is guilty of murder. KREM 2 News was in the courtroom where the Starbuck children gave tearful testimonies.

The Starbuck's two daughters and their oldest son, Austin, took the stand Wednesday morning. The daughters, who KREM 2 News will not identify by name due to their age, were tearful as they recalled the final days of their mom's life.

One girl testified that her mom was worried about recent thefts inside the home. She confirmed her mom did have a security camera inside their house. Earlier in the trial, major crimes detectives told the jury they found packaging for the cameras in Chanin’s safe.

The younger girl also testified that her mom was worried about some strange activity inside her home.

A woman who taught the children also testified.  She told the jury she met with Clay and Chanin at a parent-teacher conference a few days before Chanin was murdered. The teacher told the jury that Clay made a remark that has really stuck with her.

“He said, ‘I wouldn't' be surprised if we found her dead with her throat slit open,” said teacher Meredith Pearson.

An autopsy report showed that Chanin was strangled.

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