Joseph Roy Starrett and “John Doe” POI, Mendocino Cty
(In the case of Michael Anthony Hunter

On 15 December 2009, Starrett was named as a POI in the homicide of Michael Anthony Hunter on 9 December. He was also booked for suspicion of possession of a firearm by a felon on this occasion.

At that time, LE decided there were two assailants in the Hunter homicide. Starrett already had a violent history. In March 1999, he violated a domestic violence restraining order when he attempted to ram his ex-wife's car with his truck to prevent her arriving at the local police station. On 30 October 1999, during a beating Starrett pile-drove his 17-year-old girlfriend headfirst into a driveway, fracturing her skull and damaging her spine. She would eventually recover from her paralysis, but was left traumatized.

Starrett told his probation officer that memories of the assaults were “fogged” by his daily methamphetamine abuse. The plea did him no good. On 7 July 2000,after dismissal of some felony charges against him, Starrett pled no contest to “assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury with a special allegation of infliction of great bodily injury, and making terrorist threats.” He was sentenced to 6 years 8 months imprisonment and fined over $40,000.

No further mention was made of the unknown accomplice.

Sources: Ukiah Daily Journal, 2 November 1999:
UDJ, 19 July 2000:
Lake County News, 10 December 2009: :regional-investigators-seek-person-of-interest-in-talmage-murder-&catid=1:lat
LaCoNews, 11 December 2009:
Santa Rosa Press-Democrat, 15 December 2009: