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UPDATE: Clay Starbuck Testifies On The Stand

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Photo of Starbuck on the stand on Thursday Photo of Starbuck on the stand on Thursday

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TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Court will resume Monday June 3rd at 9:30am. There will be a week hiatus. Trial comes to a close for today folks!

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay steps down from witness stand. Holding his cup of water..now talking to his defense team.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: December 1st because you did not know Chanin was murdered.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Defense: February 6th was the day you were arrested for the murder of Chanin. You would remember that, but not...

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Prosecutors rest...no further questions. Defense back up to bat.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: CROSS: Clay says when the detective told me Chanin was dead it was a big shock...yes. I did not know she was dead. #Starbuck

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: CROSS: Asking Clay about a detective testimony about Clay's "lack of tears" after being told of Chanin's death

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Regardless of what happens you have a mom murdered. Dad on trial & innocent kids testifying. Sad situation all around.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: CROSS: Asking Clay, is it coincidence that detectives did not find the video surveillance system after her murder? Clay seemed to dodge question.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: CROSS: Asking why is it Clay, you don't recall much from December 1st & 2nd.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: CROSS: Clay says Chanin's death was a "big event" to me personally.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: CROSS: Asking Clay what "big events" do you remember in your life. Clay says "my fathers death. Kids birth"

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: CROSS: Clay says December 1st was important after the fact but it was not any different than any other day in my life.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY:....Trying to get them out the door for school.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: CROSS: The morning of Chanin's murder you were texting your kids at her hose "trying to get them out the door" Clay says I was......

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: CROSS: Clay says he put "SpyWare" on Chanin's computer to verify if she was not lying to him. "it was not a jealous thing"

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: CROSS: Clay are you a jealous person? Clay replies "Not at all"

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: CROSS: Clay you described Chanin's sexual activity to a friend. You talked about "toys" Clay, how would that help Chanin?

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Prosecutors seem to paint a picture of Clay being insistent on Chanins sexual activity and her body being found in sexual position

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: CROSS: Why did you find it necessary to tell a school teacher about Chanin's sexual activity. How is that going to help things.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Cross examination is really laying the questions in thick..wow. Clay still does not appear to be nervous.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: CROSS: "do you think the killer was angry with Chanin when he or she killed her" Clay says "I have no way of knowing that"

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Chanin Starbucks' body was found in a position that would "Dis Credit" her and make it seem like she had "loose morals"

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: CROSS: "Do you think that Chanin Starbuck's killer was trying to send a message" clay says "I don't know"

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: CROSS: In the divorce agreement Chanin was granted almost 50% of pension "did that make you mad Clay" clay replied "no"

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay being cross examined: I was not mad when I had to pay Chanin attorney fees of 9100 dollars for divorce

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Prosecutors now questioning Clay

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Defense: "Clay did you Kill Chanin Starbuck" Clay "no I did not"

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay says when he was questioned by deputies he willingly gave a DNA sample & his phone records. Anything to "help with" investigation

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay tells jury that when he did find out of Chanin's death it was "shocking" my "chest, it was just a big shock"

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay says when he got to Chanin's home detectives did not immediately tell him what was going on.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay says his son Blake was called by a friend and told "Blake there is yellow tape around your moms house" Blake told Clay to check it out

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: To be clear investigators believe Chanin was murdered Thursday December 1st. Her body was discovered Saturday December 3rd

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay says he called Crime check December 2nd for a welfare check on Chanin.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay says they were at Blake (his son) basketball game the night of December 1st.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay when asked on stand. "How long does a basketball game last" he replies jokingly "depends on how many fouls"

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay says he arrived back home after fixing car, his kids were waiting at his home. His son Austin picked the kids up brought them to Clays

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay says he did not hear from Chanin all day and never got a text from Chanin saying he needed to take kids to school.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay says around 3pm day of murder he went back to fix his broke down car. Got it started around 3:30ish

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: The defense team here is really going through the details trying to show jurors Clay had no part in Chanin's death

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay now explains when he was back at home he was playing #Xbox Call Of Duty video game.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay says after his nap he woke up, went to try and fix his broke down car. Could not. Then walked home about 12:30 day Chanin was killed.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: After car broke down Clay says he walked back home and slept until around noon.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay says he talked to his son sutton that morning and told him he broke down and can't take kids to school.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: But the morning Chanin was murdered he says he never made it to her home because of car troubles.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay usually brought his kids to school. He says he'd usually pick them up at Chanin's house.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay and Chanin had separate homes in Deer Park about a half mile apart from each other. They were divorced for about 4 months before murder

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay said he was concerned and told the people about the sites he believed could help her.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay says he told people prior to December 2011 about Chanin being involved with "Sex sites" online dating services.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: a lot of the questions the defense is asking Clay builds up to paint an innocent picture to the jury..

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Starbuck: With my back surgery I would be going to physical therapy 3 times a week in December of 2011 the month and yr Chanin was murdered

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Starbuck on stand being questioned about a back surgery he had.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay Starbuck being questioned by his defense team about his kids and Chanin and he sharing custody. @khqlocalnews

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay being questioned by defense: He says I was married to Chanin Starbuck. We were divorced in July of 2011. We have 5 kids together

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY:  And here we go folks. Clay #Starbuck trail begins. Defense calls Clay Starbuck to stand right now. @KHQLocalNews

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Clay #Starbuck being led out of court room in cuffs. He will testify to his innocence after lunch.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Again..Cornell briefly questioned. She is off stand. Noon lunch break now. Clay #Starbuck set to testify in his defense after noon.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Nations off stand. Briefly questioned. Dianna Cornell now on stand. She's a criminal defense investigator for Spokane.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Boyd Nations now on the stand for the defense. Nations talked to detectives after Chanin's murder. He lives in Deer Park.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Remember folks.."Beyond a Reasonable doubt" jury must prove guilt beyond that... @KHQLocalNews

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Defense says they want to bring Clay Starbuck to the stand at 1:30 after noon break. @KHQLocalNews

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Court back in session. We're steaming it live on http://khq.com  go there & watch! But don't tell your boss.... @KHQLocalNews

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY:In other news.... #Starbuck trial in recess. We'll be back in 5 minutes @KHQLocalNews

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Defense calls Bill Dalzeal to stand. He lives in Deer Park. Detectives questioned him about possibly seeing Clays vehicle.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Defense calls #Spokane county detective Mike Ricketts to stand. Questioned briefly about security cameras.

TWEET FROM DYLAN ON THURSDAY: Back in the Clay #Starbuck murder trial. The defense is now arguing its case. Clay is expected to testify. "Hopefully" today.

ORIGINAL STORY:

SPOKANE, Wash. - The trial of Clay Starbuck is in its 3rd week. Starbuck is charged with killing his ex-wife Chanin and sexually violating her remains, is its third week.

Chanin Starbuck was found strangled to death in her Deer Park home in December of 2011, and Clay Starbuck was arrested for her murder two months later. The couple was recently divorced at the time, and have five children.

Prosecutors are still calling witnesses, and Monday several forensic specialists and detectives testified who were at the crime scene and processed evidence.

They focused on fingerprints Monday morning, including how they're collected, and the factors that affect whether a usable print may be left behind. 

Fingerprints were taken off several items in Chanin's bedroom where she was found, including a personal massager, camera packaging and a notebook. Those prints then go into a database called the Automated Fingerprint Identification System to find a match. In Washington State, forensics specialists testified there are two million possible matches.

However, it's whom the fingerprints didn't match that drew attention in court.

"The 12 fingerprints taken from the scene, did they match Mr. Starbuck?" defense lawyer Derek Reid asked. "No, they did not," Forensic Specialist Lori Prueninger testified.

However, another forensic specialist testified that a fingerprint isn't always left behind when a person touches something. Several factors are at play – the surface touched, the environment, the subject's hands – and of course, whether they are wearing gloves.

Also in court Monday morning, lawyers on both sides spoke with a juror in the case, who said she'd seen a member of the Starbuck family at church. Nothing was said between the two, and lawyers did not find any reason to dismiss her.

The state is expected to continue calling witnesses through Tuesday. The defense is expected to begin its case on Wednesday by calling two witnesses who are expected to testify they saw Clay Starbuck's car on North High Desert Drive the day of Chanin's murder.

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