Defense seeks dismissal in Mt. Vernon man’s sexual assault case

JEFFERSON COUNTY — Attorneys for a 25-year-old Mt. Vernon man accused with beating, restraining and sexually assaulting a woman are pushing for a dismissal of charges if the prosecution continues to fail providing full discovery in the case.

Justin Starr (Source:
Justin Starr

In June, a Jefferson County grand jury indicted Justin Starr on three Class 1 felony counts criminal sexual assault by use of force, and one Class 4 felony count each of domestic battery and unlawful restraint.

He is accused of striking the alleged victim in the face and head, grabbing her arm and tying her to the bed, before sexually assaulting her.

Public Defender Sean Featherstun said in court Tuesday that as part of discovery he has asked the prosecution for an alleged request made by the victim for dismissal of charges.

The defense has also requested a working DVD containing photos and audio related to the case, as they previously received a blank DVD from the prosecution.

Judge Jerry Crisel scheduled an August 23, status hearing in the case to verify a working DVD has been delivered to the defense.

Starr remains in the Jefferson County Jail with bail set at $150,000. He is scheduled for a September 27 jury trial in the case.