Bond set at $1M
WARREN – A 28-year-old West Farmington man remains in Trumbull County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond after pleading not guilty Tuesday to a knife attack that seriously injured his mother and claimed the life of her boyfriend.
Thomas Starr of Greenville Road appears again July 9 at a pre-trial in front of Common Pleas Judge Andrew Logan.
Starr is accused of killing Jeffrey Westfall, 53, at Westfall’s state Route 305 Southington home Saturday. Investigators found Westfall dead near the front porch with his throat slit.
The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office ruled the death a homicide. However, no other information was released.
Starr’s mother, Lisa Frye, 46, also was found stabbed, but alive, on the road on Route 305, three-quarters of a mile west of U.S. Route 422.
She was transported by helicopter to an area hospital. Investigators late Monday afternoon said she was believed to be in satisfactory condition.
Westfall’s family has declined comment, but has supplied information to a funeral home stating that the couple that was attacked were married.
The Westfall family also told a funeral director that Westfall and Frye had a marriage ceremony at one point, but the marriage may not be legal. Frye, meanwhile, told a detective on the case that she was not legally married.
On Saturday, a man identifying himself as Starr called the Trumbull County 911 Dispatch Center at 10:14 p.m. and told the operator that he tried to kill his stepfather, Jeff, and his mother, Lisa, with a knife.
According to reports, Starr had fled into a nearby wooded area before calling 911.
Meanwhile, a man driving by the area called 911 to report a woman lying by the side of the roadway along Route 305.
Starr was tracked down and indicted quickly as the case was presented to a grand jury Monday, when Starr was officially charged with murder and attempted murder.
Assistant county prosecutor Chris Becker, who is handling the case, credited dispatchers with keeping Starr on the phone and, at the same time, gaining what amounts of crucial admissions that could help the prosecution.
Becker also credited the county’s Homicide Task Force with forensic work on the case, including a lot of it in the wooded area that was searched by detectives.