East Naples man receives 35 years for killing then-girlfriend's mom


 Name: Starcher, Edward L.
 Charge: MURDER -EVINCING DEPRAVED MIND NOT PREMEDITATED
 Residence: Naples
 Age: 24
 Occupation: Unemployed
 Case #: None yet available

 Follow this case online: Collier County Clerk of Courts

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  • Name: Starcher, Edward L.
  • Charge: MURDER -EVINCING DEPRAVED MIND NOT PREMEDITATED
  • Residence: Naples
  • Age: 24
  • Occupation: Unemployed
  • Case #: None yet available

Follow this case online: Collier County Clerk of Courts

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— Standing before a judge Monday, his right hand clutching his left wrist behind his back, Edward Starcher was asked whether he had anything to say for murdering his ex-girlfriend…s mother.

"No, your honor," Starcher said.

He was asked whether he had any message for the family of Veronica Moran, who Starcher killed in 2009 with a kitchen knife, frying pan and pen.

"No," Starcher said.

With that, Collier Circuit Judge Frank Baker sent Starcher to prison for 35 years, the agreed-upon sentence from a guilty plea entered on a second-degree murder charge.

Starcher, 27, faced life in prison if convicted, but Moran…s family supported to the 35-year sentence, Assistant State Attorney Richard Montecalvo said. No Moran family members attended the hearing.

"Talking to the victim…s family, they wanted to put it behind them," Montecalvo said. "It seemed like the proper resolution to the case."

In the early hours of a June 2009 morning, Nora Moran went to an East Naples fire station to report that Starcher, her boyfriend and the father of her child, had just killed her 59-year-old mother, Veronica.

Deputies found Starcher in the Bolero Way home all three shared, wearing rubber gloves and scrubbing the scene. Veronica Moran was found dead inside the home, killed in a bedroom. Blood was found on the ceiling and floor, on the nightstand, dresser and headboard.

Two hours after deputies arrived, Starcher told investigators he stabbed Veronica Moran at least three times in the chest, smashed her head at least 10 times with a frying pan and stabbed her in the neck several times with a pen. Starcher told investigators he used the pen "until he was sure she was dead," a deputy wrote.

After his arrest, Starcher said he killed Veronica Moran because she was going to turn Nora Moran over to authorities for stealing from her bank account.

At Monday…s 10-minute hearing, Starcher answered the judge…s questions with a clear voice, rarely saying more than a few words at a time. He asked whether he could hug his mother before returning to jail. Baker allowed it, and Starcher buried his head in her right shoulder, appearing to fight back tears.

Starcher…s lawyer, Adam Oosterbaan, declined to comment afterward.

Moran…s family members couldn…t be reached for comment.

By offering the plea agreement, Nora Moran wouldn…t have to testify in the murder trial.

"I think it was a concern not to have to put her through that," Montecalvo said.

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