Southington man indicted in slaying

Thomas Starr

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A Southington man was indicted by a Trumbull County grand jury on Monday for fatally stabbing his stepfather and stabbing his mother.

Thomas Starr, 28, was indicted on charges of murder, attempted murder and felonious assault through a direct presentment to the grand jury.

He is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.

Starr is accused of killing Jeffrey Westfall, 51 on Saturday at Westfall’s state Route 305 home. Investigators found Westfall dead with his throat slit.

Westfall’s wife and Starr’s mother, Linda Frye, 46, was found stabbed and was flown via emergency helicopter to a Cleveland area hospital.

Westfall was found dead near the front porch of his home, investigators said. A man driving by the area called 911 to report a woman lying by the side of the roadway.

Starr fled into a nearby wooded area and called 911, telling dispatchers he tried to kill the two with a knife.

911: “Do you want to tell me what happened?

Starr: “I think I did something bad.”

911: “You said you did something bad?”

Starr: Yeah, I killed a bad person, maybe. I don’t know.”

911: “O.k., what do you think you did?”

Starr: “I stabbed my step-dad in the throat with a knife.”

Starr then tells the dispatcher that he is lost in woods and activated the GPS on his cell phone so officers could find him.

The killing is the first in Southington since last year, when Donna Honaker was fatally shot July 31 at her County Line Turnpike Road home.

Her husband of 40 years, Royce C. Honaker, 61, is facing murder charges. Honaker called 911 and told dispatchers he shot his wife. Family members said Royce Honaker suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, and had installed security cameras with motion sensors throughout their property and believed, among other things, Donna Honaker was poisoning his food. He filed for divorce two months before the shooting.

Donna Honaker was checking on her husband’s welfare the day she was killed.

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