Alabama man hunted by cops for the 2017 hit on his brother’s estranged wife, in exchange for a motorcycle, gave himself up to officers in Texas on Saturday
Darin Christopher Starr, 54, had been on the run since Dec. 2, after he was indicted for the murder of his sister-in-law, Sara Starr, who was killed in 2017
Sara Starr, 36, was gunned down in the driveway of her home in Enterprise, Alabama on November 27, 2017
Her ex-husband, Jason Starr, 45, was taken into custody in December 2021 on a murder-for-hire charge, after four years with no arrest in the case
Jason Starr is accused of giving his brother Darin a 2016 Triumph motorcycle and an undisclosed amount of cash in exchange for killing Sara
Jason Starr was released on his own recognizance, with an ankle monitor, pending his trial date of June 27
The Fugitive surrendered a day after Central Alabama Crime Stoppers added $2,500 to the $10,000 reward announced earlier by the FBI and the $10,000 put up by Gov. Kay Ivey
Sara Starr was killed just four months after her divorce from Jason Starr was finalized
A possible motive for the murder has not been released, but the couple were to share custody of their four children
Jason was also ordered to pay his ex-wife $1,050 a month in child support and $1,500 in alimony
The manhunt for an Alabama man wanted for his alleged role in the 2017 murder of his former sister-in-law, a beloved school teacher has ended. Darin Christopher Starr surrendered to law enforcement officers in Texas early Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. He had been sought since December 2, after he was indicted in a murder-for-hire plot with his younger brother
The victim’s estranged husband, Jason Starr, allegedly hired his brother as a hitman to kill his ex-wife and mother of his four children because he didn’t want to pay her $2,550 a month in their divorce for child support.
Jason Starr allegedly paid his brother Darin Starr with cash and a motorcycle to shoot dead schoolteacher Sara Starr back in November. Central Alabama Crime Stoppers said the fugitive turned himself in about 1:30 a.m. to law enforcement officer in Hondo, Texas and the Coffee County sheriff’s officials are en route to Texas to bring him back to Alabama
Darin Starr, 54, is the second person to face charges in connection to the murder of 36-year-old Sara Starr, the FBI said in a release posted by the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office last week.
Jason Starr, 45, was taken into custody in December 2021 on a murder-for-hire charge, after four years with no arrests in the case.
Although Starr was questioned about his ex-wife’s death at the time, he was never publicly named a person of interest.
However, media coverage surrounding Jason Starr’s arrest in a child abuse case just a year later raised questions in the community about his possible involvement in Sara’s murder.
On May 24, 2018, Jason Starr was arrested and charged with sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years of age. He pled not guilty and was released from Coffee County Jail on a $30,000 bond.
That child sex abuse arrest led to renewed interest in the death of his ex-wife, his subsequent arrest and being indicted for her murder.
‘This is four years in the making,’ Twelfth Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tom Anderson said at a press conference following his arrest in December.
‘We knew we had strong, decent evidence but knowing someone did something and being able to prove someone did something are two different things.
Over the last two years and the tireless efforts of everyone involved here we are.’
Sara Starr was shot and killed in her driveway of her Enterprise, Alabama home on November 27, 2017.
New details have emerged in the search for 2nd suspect in the killing of Sara Starr, a fourth-grade teacher at Harrand Creek Elementary School. That information was in court records unsealed Thursday.
Sara Starr, a 38-year-old mother of two sets of twins and beloved teacher, was shot and killed in her driveway of her Enterprise, Alabama home on November 27, 2017.
Sara, who taught at Harrand Creek Elementary School, was found dead in her driveway after her co-workers became concerned when she failed to show up for class on the Monday after Thanksgiving.
Jason Starr, Sara’s ex-husband is the brother of the alleged hitman Darin Starr. Jason who has been in custody since December, is accused of battering a 2016 Triumph motorcycle and plus an undisclosed amount of cash to his brother in exchange for killing his ex-spouse.
Jason Starr pled not guilty to the ‘use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire’ charge and was released to his home with an ankle monitor pending a June 27 trial date.
The grand jury indictment revealed details of a murder-for-hire plot between the brothers, in November, 2017. The indictment alleges that Jason Starr, who had recently divorced his wife, was in contact with his brother about the murder plot and the two traveled from Texas to Alabama to execute the plan.
In December, a federal arrest warrant was issued for his brother Darin Starr in U.S. District Court on December 2, 2021, for the same charge.
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest of Darin, who is believed to have connections to Lakehills and San Antonio, Texas, as well as Glendale, Ariz. and Colebrook, Conn.
A possible motive for Sara’s murder has not been released, but local news coverage reported that Jason Starr had been served with a court order to pay $2,550 per month to his ex-wife.
Sara Starr was killed just four months after her divorce from Jason Starr was finalized.
Court records show the couple were to share custody of their four children, and that Jason Starr was ordered to pay his ex-wife $1,050 a month in child support and $1,500 in alimony.
She also was awarded a portion of his military benefits.
District Attorney Tom Anderson would not confirm the information, but said, ‘We believe we have knowledge and strong evidence of motive.’
Jason Starr was arrested in December, but is out of jail on his own recognizance. However, the second suspect Darin Starr had evaded authorities.
The fugitive surrendered to authorities a day after Central Alabama Crime Stoppers announced it was adding $2,500 in reward money to the $10,000 already announced earlier in the week by the FBI.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey also had an active reward of $10,000 in the case.