Grand jury indicts Wendell murder suspect

  • Prosecutors and police after district court arraignment of Lewis H. Starkey in July. Recorder file photo

Recorder Staff
Friday, September 22, 2017

Lewis H. Starkey III, 53, of Wendell, has been indicted by a grand jury on a murder charge in connection with the July shooting of Amanda Glover of Wendell.

Starkey is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept. 29 in Franklin Superior Court in Greenfield on one count of murder and one count of armed assault with intent to murder in connection with Glover’s homicide and the assault on her son on July 5 in Wendell.

Starkey was indicted on Sept. 8 by a Franklin County Grand Jury.

Starkey was previously arraigned in Orange District Court on July 10 on charges of murder and assault with intent to murder. He is being held without the right to bail in the Franklin County Jail.

“This was a cold and brazen execution that happened in plain sight of Amanda Glover’s own adult son,” First District Attorney Steven Gagne said at the district court arraignment.

Gagne explained there were multiple stressors in the relationship between Starkey and Glover that may have contributed to the murder.

Following an argument, according to court documents, Starkey allegedly shot Glover in the upper torso and face area with a 12-gauge shotgun in house they shared at 179 West St. in Wendell.

Glover’s 26-year-old son, Devin, who was living at home, according to Gagne, was said to have witnessed the shooting. He came into the room where the two were, just past midnight after hearing them argue, Gagne said.

Following the shooting of Glover, her son then fled into his bedroom, Gagne said. Starkey then fired several rounds into the closed bedroom door, court documents said. Starkey is being charged with armed assault with intent to murder for this alleged act.

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

Starkey eluded police for five days before being arrested in Orange.