Deer Park kids must testify during their father's murder trial

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 12 at 6:59 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- A judge has decided that the children of Chanin Starbuck must give video depositions on April 18th. Starbuck's ex-husband is charged with the murder of his ex-wife, Chanin Starbuck.

The mother of five was found dead inside her home in December of 2011. Clay Starbuck was arrested and pleaded not guilty for murder and to the violation of human remains.

Detective Lyle Johnston took the stand on Friday and testified during the hearing. Johnston said he contacted Clay Starbuck on December 6th after the homicide. He told the judge that he wanted a better idea of what Starbuck did the day Chanin died.

Clay Starbuck took authorities on the route he drove and volunteered information of the morning's activites of Chanin’s death according to Detective Johnston.  Starbuck also told detectives about sex sites, web cams, and chats Chanin allegedly used.

Detective Ricketts also took the stand and said Starbuck's demeanor changed when he was accused of the murder.

The defense did not call Starbuck to testify. Starbuck's defense said all other rulings have been pushed back to April 18.

Court documents showed that items were missing from the victim’s home after her death.
Authorities said those items were later found in the master bedroom closet in Clay Starbuck's home. Detectives found divorce documents, spyware logs, and even Chanin's watch and ID according to court records. Authorities added that they also found printed copies of Chanin's e-mails and her death certificate posted on Clay’s bedroom wall.

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