Grand jury ups murder charges

Thomas Starr

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A Southington man accused of fatally stabbing his mother’s boyfriend and stabbing his mother now could face a possible life-in-prison sentence after a grand jury on Tuesday upgraded his charges.

A Trumbull County grand jury returned a superseding indictment Tuesday against Thomas Starr, 28. They added an aggravated murder charge that carries a life-in-prison maximum penalty.

Prosecutors said new evidence came to light in the case, calling for the new charge.

He was previously indicted on charges of murder, attempted murder and felonious assault, which also were  included in the new indictment. He has been at the Trumbull County Jail on a $1 million bond since his arrest.

Starr is accused of killing Jeffrey Westfall, 51 on June 22 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 stepdad 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.

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