Accused Murderer Takes Stand In Own Defense

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

The trial for a man accused of killing two people, and injuring another in Martin County more than a year ago goes into its third day with the accused killer taking the witness stand.

William Starr, also known as Billy Sartin, testified but some still aren't sure what he was talking about.

His account on the stand of what happened that night is different from everyone else's.

He says Jeffrey Mattox tried to kill him first because he poisoned him, he says he was rescuing Sue Litton not hurting her, and claims Billy Proctor was a snake so he had to kill him.

William Starr, also known as Billy Sartin, took the stand and admitted he shot Jeffrey Mattox, Billy Proctor, and Sue Litton.

“Do you think you did anything wrong that night? no, not because of how it was,” William Starr said.

He claims he was the first victim and says he only did what he had to do.

He believed Mattox poisoned his beer a few nights before so he said he had to kill him.

“I couldn't take no chances on Jeff,” Starr said

He had trouble recalling what happened next with Sue Litton and Billy Proctor.

He says he thought Litton asked him to shoot her too, so he shot her in her shoulder.

He remembers taking her outside, but says he was taking her to get medical help.

“Turned around, there was Billy Proctor there with a big stick,” Starr said.

He testified in his mind he'd seen Proctor turn into a snake before, and says he thought Litton was scared of Proctor when he touched her wounds.

So he says he shot him.

The defense called two psychiatrists who testified Starr suffers from paranoid schizophrenia and was off his medicine so he was delusional.

The defense claims he is legally insane, but prosecutors say Starr still knows what he did was wrong.

In Litton's testimony earlier this week she said Mattox did not poison Starr and said Proctor was trying to save her.

The defense rested their case late Wednesday afternoon.

Closing arguments will be THursday afternoon and the jury could get the case then.

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