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Clay Starbuck in court for appeal hearing

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

In an appeal trial heard on Wednesday, attorneys for Clay Starbuck argued his murder conviction should be overturned. 

Starbuck was convicted of murdering his ex-wife Chanin Starbuck in late 2011. He was arrested in early 2013 and was convicted of her murder in July 2013. 

Appeal attorney Suzanne Elliot argued in court that DNA evidence did not exclude two men from the crime scene whom Chanin Starbuck had a sexual relationship with. Much of that evidence was not allowed to be heard during the trial.

Deputy Prosecutor Larry Steinmetz asked the court to uphold the murder conviction and said all of the evidence that could potentially point to anyone else as the killer would only be speculation. Clay Starbucks DNA was found under the fingernails of Chanin which indicated a struggle Steinmetz says. Elliot argued that DNA could have been Clays DNA from inside the home where he once lived. 

A panel of 3 judges heard the appeal Wednesday morning in Spokane. They have at least 60 days to come to a final decision.

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