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Shellye Stark trial 2.0

Shellye Stark leaves Spokane Superior Court on Thursday after being sentenced to almost 51 years for the murder of her husband, Dale Stark, in December 2007.  (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Shellye Stark leaves Spokane Superior Court on Thursday after being sentenced to almost 51 years for the murder of her husband, Dale Stark, in December 2007. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Jury selection is set to begin today before Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen. More than a hundred jurors have been called in for the pool.

It's not yet clear whether Eitzen will begin testimony this week. Judges here typically do not hear testimony on Fridays.

The Stark case is one of the longest running crime stories for Spokane, rivaling the six years it took to complete the trial against former Spokane Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr. in connection with the deadly confrontation in 2006 with Otto Zehm.

Stark is charged with killing her estranged husband, Dale Robert Stark, on Dec. 9, 2007. She claimed self defense when she shot him five times in their South Hill home.

Shellye Stark said she worked as a prostitute lasted through their marriage and was a bargaining chip for Dale, who threatened to tell her family what she did.

Read previous coverage here and here




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