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.

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Carol Location: KY on Feb 6, 2008 at 07:52 PM
    For those who suffer from mental illness in our country, the system is set up so that they are assured of the protection of their human rights (I agree this is necessary). However, the problem lies in the fact that many persons who are mentally ill, at some point will lose the capacity to understand and cooperate with diagnosis and treatment, and cannot be forced to take their medications until they become so incapcitated that they are an immediate danger to themselves or others. Often it's too late by that time (think of this situation or VA Tech). I wish that experts in the mental health field, policy makers, legislators, etc. could somehow come up with a better system which would still protect victims of mental illness, but would allow for more agency/family control to enable mandated giving of medications before a person is so ill that tragedy happens. I'm not smart enough to figure out an acceptable solution, but I'm sure there are people out there who could do this!


2851 Winchester Rd. Lexington, Ky 40509 859-299-0411 - switchboard 859-299-2727 - newsroom
Register for Email
RSS Feeds
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 15376611 -
Gray Television, Inc.