Phone records reveal calls and texts day of Starbuck murder

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by Hayley Guenthner & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 7:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 22 at 7:40 PM

Spokane, Wash. -- Cell phone logs revealed new details Wednesday surrounding the Clay Starbuck murder trial.

Clay Starbuck is charged with the murder of his ex-wife Chanin Starbuck. Her body was found inside her home in December 2011. Officers believe Clay strangled Chanin. Prosecutors charged him with murder and with the violation of human remains.

Chanin's cell phone made a call to 911 the morning she was murdered according to prosecutors. A struggle can be heard in the recording.

Investigators testified that her phone was then turned off for about two and a half hours after the call was made. Clay's phone was also turned off at that time according to authorities. Court documents stated that Clay’s phone stayed off for seven hours total.

Detectives stated that Chanin's phone came back on around noon and the user sent texts to her ex-boyfriends.

Phone logs also showed communications with her kids when nobody was there to pick them up from school. According to the logs, Chanin's daughter texted her phone saying that she was cold and was wondering who would pick them up. Whoever was using Chanin's phone answered, "Dad. I have a headache."

"Whoever is sending the messages is aware of their school situation and is expressing concern and doesn't want them to come to the residence. Who ever was texting this has intimate knowledge of the kids and school situation," said Detective Lyle Johnston.

According to Starbuck's defense, his phone being turned off is normal. He often turned off his phone when he took naps during the day.

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