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Wendell murder suspect pleads not guilty in Superior Court

  • Lewis H. Starkey III, 53, of Wendell pleaded not guilty to two charges, including one for murder, at Franklin Superior Court Friday, alongside his lawyer, Jennifer Cox. Recorder Staff/Joshua Solomon—

  • Lewis H. Starkey III, 53, of Wendell is escorted out of the courtroom after pleading not guilty to two charges, including one for murder, at Franklin Superior Court Friday. Recorder Staff/Joshua Solomon—

  • Lewis H. Starkey III, 53, of Wendell pleaded not guilty to two charges, including one for murder, at Franklin Superior Court Friday, alongside his lawyer, Jennifer Cox. Recorder Staff/Joshua Solomon—



Recorder Staff
Friday, September 29, 2017

GREENFIELD — Lewis. H. Starkey III, 53, of Wendell kept his eyes closed and his head tilted down as the murder charges against him were read. The family of the deceased Amanda Glover filled up the back of the courtroom behind him.

Starkey, dressed in a gray tweed jacket and a dark blue button-down shirt, pleaded not guilty to the two charges against him, murder and the assault with intent to murder in connection with the shooting in Wendell. He will continue to be held without bail at the Franklin House Jail.

His next appearance in court will be Jan. 25 for a pretrial hearing. 

Starkey was first arraigned back in July at Orange District Court for the shooting death of Glover, whom he was living with at the time in Wendell. Glover’s 26-year-old son, Devin, witnessed the shooting and was also shot at, according to court documents.

When Starkey appeared in court in July, it followed a tense five-day search for him, while he remained at large as the suspect of the death of Glover. 

He had pleaded not guilty to the charges read before him in Orange District Court, too.

His attorney, appointed by the state, Jennifer Cox said a case on this type of track tends to take anywhere from a year to 1.5 years, although it could take longer depending on if something becomes complicated in future hearings. 

While First District Attorney of the Northwest District Steven Gagne had been on the case in Orange, the case was transferred over to Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Domestic Violence and Adult Sexual Assault Unit Jennifer Suhl. 

Gagne following the initial arraignment in July, “This was a cold and brazen execution that happened in plain sight of Amanda Glover’s own adult son.”

“Her true loves of her life were family and quilting,” Lisa Glover said of her sister after the July arraignment. “Everyone in the family had received one of her quilting masterpieces at one point or another and they will be cherished forever.”

The Northwest District Attorney David Sullivan said it was a “sad day for the Glover family and a tragic loss.”

After a verbal argument between Starkey and Glover, court documents state, Starkey allegedly shot Glover in the upper torso and face area with a 12-gauge shotgun that he had purchased in 2014.

“It was not just out of the blue,” Gagne said of the killing. “This was the culmination of what had been some growing tension in their relationship.”

Glover’s son, who was living at home, according to Gagne, came into the room where the two were after hearing them argue, just past midnight, Gagne said.

Following the shooting of Glover on July 5, her son then fled into his bedroom, Gagne said. Starkey then fired several rounds into the closed bedroom door, court documents said. 

Devin Glover then took his phone and left the house and fled into the woods, calling 911, according to court documents.

Starkey, according to police, then drove more than an hour to Specialized Trucking company at 215 Griffith Road in Chicopee. He fired a shot through a window at a worker there, injuring the employee with debris and glass shards. 

The Chicopee case will involve a separate arraignment. 

This all led to the five-day pursuit for Starkey, ending when Orange Police Sgt. James Sullivan found him driving on Holtshire Road. When Sullivan stopped him, he explained, Starkey told the officer, “You got the prize.”

You can reach Joshua Solomon at:

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