You may remember this story, which I’ve posted about multiple times in the past, often with considerable vehemence.
The murder trial of 33-year-old Damien Starrett of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada began on Monday, March 14, 2022 and is expected to continue into April. Damien is accused of second-degree murder in the November 2019 death of his son, Ares Starrett, who was beaten to death exactly one week after celebrating his first birthday.
Damien’s release in 2020 on a pathetic $1,000 bail caused some uproar in the community and online.
This man’s defense? He was asleep and doesn’t remember brutally beating his toddler son to death and then attacking his then-five-year-old daughter, who is now seven and will not be named due to a publication ban on her name and out of respect for her mom, Ashton Bishop. The publication ban was lifted on the names of the accused and his deceased victim.
Ashton is an incredibly tough mama who continues to fight for justice for Ares, whose name she plans to keep alive through yearly toy drives for needy children.
Links to external coverage of the trial:
If Damien is found not criminally responsible, he may be placed in a mental hospital rather than prison. This man doesn’t need a mental hospital. He was more than mentally sound when he caused all kinds of trouble while out on bail, including trash-talking his children’s mother and posting hundreds of photos of his children on Facebook, which, in my opinion, only served to make him appear cynical and manipulative.
Damien made quite clear his disapproval of my blog posts about his case. My offer to speak with him on the podcast and allow him to tell his side of the story still stands.
Regardless, I have every intention of covering Ares’ story on the podcast once the trial is finished. This little boy deserves to be remembered and his mommy and sister respected.
Sources: FortSaskOnline; CBC News; Justice for Ares Facebook group; Ashton Bishop; Global News; the Edmonton Journal