Bond set in Southington stabbing case

Thomas Starr

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A Southington man is being held in the Trumbull County Jail on $1 million bond after being charged with fatally stabbing his stepfather and stabbing his mother.

Thomas Starr, 28, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of murder, attempted murder and felonious assault 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.

Starr told dispatchers “Yeah, I killed a bad person, maybe. I don’t know” and “I stabbed my step-dad in the throat with a knife.”

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