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In brief: Bail is $750,000 for murder suspect

The married boyfriend of convicted killer Shellye L. Stark must remain in Spokane County Jail on $750,000 bail, a judge ruled Tuesday. Brian L. Moore, 43, arrived at the jail early Tuesday after Spokane detectives accompanied him from California. He was arrested in Orange County on April 27 on charges of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the Dec. 9, 2007, shooting death of his girlfriend’s husband, Dale Robert Stark.

Stark receives 50-year term

A murder that police say was committed for financial gain by a couple who met through prostitution has led to a prison sentence of nearly 51 years for the shooter. Shellye L. Stark, 47, cried Thursday as she asked Spokane County Superior Court Judge Tari Eitzen for leniency and apologized for shooting her husband, Dale Robert Stark, 48, five times in a South Hill home in December 2007, reiterating what she said during the trial: She never meant to kill him.

Killer sentenced to nearly 51 years in prison

Convicted killer Shellye L. Stark will spend more than 50 years in prison for shooting her husband to death in the estranged couple's South Hill home more than two years ago.

Boyfriend accused of helping plan Stark murder

The murder of a Spokane man whose estranged wife gunned him down, then told sordid tales of forced prostitution and other spousal abuse in an unsuccessful attempt to beat the charges has taken another twist.

Brian Moore news conference

Spokane police Lt. Dave McGovern talks at a news conference Tuesday, April 28, 2009, about the arrest of Brian Moore in the murder of Dale Robert Stark.

‘I shot him, and I need police’

The woman began the 911 call clearly, urging dispatchers to send help to the Maple Street home immediately: “I served my husband with a restraining order. He violated it! He wouldn’t leave the house and I shot him, and I need police to come right now!” But Shellye Stark then turned hysterical – crying, moaning and shrieking incoherently.

Stark jury foreman speaks out

The moose that jumped in front of Karen Jachetta’s car as she drove to Spokane with the gun her sister Shellye L. Stark used to murder Dale Robert Stark was viewed by jurors as divine intervention that failed. It also showed the lengths to which Shellye Stark went to obtain the .357 revolver after traveling to Spokane from California more than a year ago – a point the 12 jurors discussed before voting unanimously Wednesday to convict Stark, 47, of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder, the jury’s elected foreman, Tristan Weeks, 23, said Friday.

Jury convicts Stark of murder

Shellye L. Stark’s jaw dropped, her breathing grew heavy and she leaned on the defendant’s table to steady herself. She’d just learned a jury had convicted her of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the shooting death of her estranged husband, Dale Robert Stark, and she told her lawyer she was going to faint before being led away in handcuffs Wednesday afternoon.

Stark convicted of first-degree murder

Shellye Stark was convicted this afternoon of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her estranged husband, whose bullet-riddled body was found slumped in the kitchen of their South Hill home.

Prosecutors close case against Stark

Shellye L. Stark testified last week about a marriage she described as marred by abuse. Prosecutors used a piece of that testimony Tuesday as a foundation for their closing arguments in her murder trial. Stark herself told the jury she and her husband “ ‘had mastered destroying each other,’ ” Spokane County Deputy Prosecutor Larry Haskell said Tuesday.

Stark’s abuse called ‘very severe’

When Shellye L. Stark gunned down her husband in an early-morning confrontation, she was reacting to a marriage so rife with abuse that she suffered from battered women’s syndrome, the clinical disorder’s leading researcher said Thursday. “The pattern of abuse was very severe,” said Dr. Lenore Walker, a national expert on domestic violence. “Her plan might have been naïve, but I think her learned helplessness may not have allowed her to think it through.”

Stark says husband forced her to sell sex

It started in Hollywood. Months into her relationship with her future husband, Shellye L. Stark felt so pressured by him that she agreed to stand on a corner in California and accept money for sex.

Husband had fetish, Stark says

It started in Hollywood. Months into her relationship with her future husband, Shellye L. Stark felt so pressured by him that she agreed to stand on a corner in California and accept money for sex.

Slain man prone to violence, Starks’ son says

The Spokane man shot to death by his wife in what she said was self-defense was prone to “violent outbursts” and hit his son, the teen testified Monday, although he couldn’t remember specific incidents. Christopher A. Stark, the 18-year-old son of Shellye and Dale Stark, left the estranged couple’s Maple Street home seconds before his mother shot his father in the early hours of Dec. 9, 2007.

Jurors hear murder defendant’s call to 911

The woman began the 911 call clearly, urging dispatchers to send help to the Maple Street home immediately: “I served my husband with a restraining order. He violated it! He wouldn’t leave the house and I shot him, and I need police to come right now!” But Shellye Stark then turned hysterical – crying, moaning and shrieking incoherently.

Detective says murder scene seemed staged

The woman began the 911 call clearly, urging dispatchers to send help to the Maple Street home immediately: “I served my husband with a restraining order. He violated it! He wouldn’t leave the house and I shot him, and I need police to come right now!” But Shellye Stark then turned hysterical – crying, moaning and shrieking incoherently.