Fri., 12:45pm: Account set up to benefit Trumbull stabbing victim

YOUNGSTOWN — An account to help a woman with mounting medical bills stemming from a stabbing at her Southington home earlier this year has been set up at Huntington Bank.

Contributions for Lisa Frye can be made at any Huntington Bank branch in her name.

Frye, 46, underwent her fourth surgery Sept. 13. A knife wound to her neck resulted in a tracheotomy. Until recently she also relied on a feeding tube.

The recent surgery was to close the trach and remove a feeding tube.

Her 29-year-old son, Thomas J. Starr, is awaiting trial in the stabbing death of 53-year-old Jeffrey Westfall, with whom Frye shared a home for 24 years. He is also accused of stabbing her, his mother, multiple times.

While in the hospital recovering from her assault Frye learned she also has cancer and likely will have to undergo treatment for that as well.

Starr, who has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, is being held at the Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond. In July, Starr’s attorneys, Matt Pentz and David Rouzzo, filed a motion to have a mental health expert test his competency. The court is now waiting on the results of a mental evaluation by a state psychologist.

If convicted, Starr could face anywhere from 20 years to life in prison or life without parole.

Investigators found Westfall dead near the front porch of his home on state Route 305 with his throat slashed.

Frye was also found stabbed, but alive, on the road on Route 305, three-quarters of a mile west of U.S. Route 422. She was flown by helicopter to a Cleveland hospital and spent two months there.

It took authorities more than an hour to locate Starr in the wooded area he had wandered into.

Starr was initially charged with the felony murder, but after hearing additional evidence, the grand jury determined that Westfall’s death was premeditated and increased Starr’s charges to aggravated murder, which call for prior calculation and design in the killing.