Lewis Starkey III murder trial starts today

  • Lewis H. Starkey III is accused of murdering Amanda Glover after an argument at her 179 West St., Wendell, home on July 5, 2017. file photo

  • Lewis H. Starkey III is accused of murdering Amanda Glover after an argument at her 179 West St., Wendell, home on July 5, 2017. Mike Wilk

Staff Writer
Published: 3/31/2019 10:00:11 PM

GREENFIELD — The trial of a man who allegedly killed his girlfriend and shot at two others in 2017 starts today, beginning with jury selection.

Lewis H. Starkey III is accused of murdering Amanda Glover after an argument on July 5, 2017 at their home at 179 West St., Wendell. He then allegedly turned his shotgun on Amanda Glover’s adult son, Devin Glover, firing at him. Devin Glover was able to escape into the woods, where he called police. The 55-year-old has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The trial judge in the Franklin Superior Court case is Judge John Agostini. Prosecutors will be from the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office, including First Assistant District Attorney Steven E. Gagne and Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Suhl, and the defense is being led by attorney Michael Sheridan.

The defense has stated it will not challenge the cause of Amanda Glover’s death, which prosecutors say was close-range shotgun fire to the face.

Evidence expected to be presented at the trial includes DNA evidence — Starkey was ordered to submit to a buccal swab (from inside his mouth) in December; a shotgun found in Chicopee, alleged to be the murder weapon; notes written by Amanda Glover prior to her death and photographs of the crime scene, gunshot wounds and autopsy.

Witnesses are expected to include police officers, crime lab workers and members of Amanda Glover’s family, including Devin Glover, who the prosecution claims is a witness to his mother’s death.

Also anticipated during the trial is a viewing of the interior and exterior of the 179 West St., Wendell, property. The jurors will be taken to the property to observe its layout, which, according to Gagne, will help them put the alleged incidences in context. The viewing is scheduled for Thursday, but may be rescheduled depending on the length of time it takes to impanel a jury.

Members of the media will not be allowed to attend the viewing, according to the Franklin Superior Court clerk’s office.

The first leg of the trial is jury selection, and the court will be looking to impanel 14 to 16 jurors. The defense has honed in on issues of gun violence and gun ownership, media exposure and reactions to violent images as things they will be questioning potential jurors about.

The defense has also filed a motion to change the venue of the trial. However, Agostini has not ruled on the motion — Agostini’s reasoning is the court should wait to see if it can successfully impanel impartial jurors, who have not formed opinions based on media coverage, before deciding if the Greenfield venue is appropriate.

After allegedly killing Amanda Glover and shooting at Devin Glover in 2017, prosecutors say Starkey then drove Amanda Glover’s car more than an hour to his Chicopee place of work, Specialized Trucking. He then allegedly fired his shotgun at an employee there, injuring the man with flying broken glass before the weapon was wrestled away from him.

Starkey then allegedly fled, and was wanted by police for five days before being pulled over in Orange by Orange Police Sgt. James Sullivan, now Orange’s acting police chief.

According to Sullivan, when he approached the vehicle, Starkey told him, “You got the prize.”

Agostini, the prosecution and defense have estimated the trial will last for approximately two weeks.

If convicted, Starkey could face life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, the maximum criminal penalty allowed under Massachusetts law.

Reach David McLellan at dmclellan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 268.


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