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Man Accused Of Killing Ex-Sister-In-Law For Motorcycle Turns Himself In To Police

Darin Starr, who'd been wanted in the 2017 killing of Sara Starr, turned himself in to authorities in Hondo, Texas.

By Megan Carpentier
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A man accused of killing his former sister-in-law, an elementary school teacher, at the behest of his brother is now in custody.

Darin Starr, 54, had been added to the FBI's Most Wanted list on Wednesday for his alleged role in the November 2017 murder of Sara Starr, 36, an Alabama mom and fourth grade teacher who was found shot to death in her own driveway. Between federal authorities, the Alabama governor's office and Alabama Crime Stoppers, a reward of up to $22,500 was offered for information leading to his arrest and conviction.

Sara Starr and Darin Starr's brother, Jason Starr, had four children together but had divorced in July 2017. Police alleged that Jason Starr bought his brother a Triumph motorcycle in exchange for killing Sara. Both were charged in December 2021 with the use of interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire. Jason Starr was arrested shortly after being charged and was released on bond with an ankle monitor in January.

According to Central Alabama Crime Stoppers, Darrin Starr turned himself into police in Hondo, Texas — about 40 miles west of San Antonio and 850 miles west of where Sara Starr was murdered — around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Sara Starr was shot to death outside her home in Chancellor, Alabama sometime after 6:30 a.m. on Nov. 27, 2017, the Southeast Sun reported. After she failed to show up for her job at the at the nearby Harrand Creek Elementary School, two coworkers who went to her house discovered her body around 8:30 a.m., according to Dothan, Alabama CBS affiliate WTVY.

Though cops reportedly suspected her recent ex-husband was involved, his alibi — he was eating breakfast in a local restaurant at the time, WTVY reported — meant they didn't immediately have cause to arrest him.

Jason Starr was, however, indicted by a grand jury on May 23, 2018 for the sexual abuse of a child under age 12, Montgomery NBC affiliate WFSA reported. He pleaded not guilty, was released on bond and is still awaiting trial on those charges.

Federal authorities then charged the Starr brothers on Dec. 2 for being involved in a murder-for-hire plot to kill Sara Starr; Jason Starr was arrested at his home on Dec. 7 but Darrin Starr's whereabouts remained unknown until his Saturday arrest. The FBI stated last week that he was known to have ties to Lakehills and San Antonio, Texas; both are about half an hour from Hondo, where he turned himself in over the weekend.

Local authorities have said that they still plan to pursue the sexual abuse charges against Jason Starr.