Starkman pleads not guilty in ax attack

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staff, Gazette
Thursday, May 16, 2013

— A Janesville man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to attempted-murder charges stemming from an April incident in which authorities said he attacked two people with an ax.

Jeffrey Starkman, 34, of 2521 Bond Place appeared by video in Rock County Court from jail Wednesday afternoon.

Starkman is accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend, Katrina Patrick, and her friend Jonathan Barthel with an ax at Patrick's Main Street apartment April 13.

Starkman's attorney, Walter Isaacson, entered not-guilty pleas to six charges, including two counts of attempted murder, two counts of aggravated battery, attempting to flee an officer and burglary.

Dressed in an orange and brown jail uniform, Starkman did not speak during the brief arraignment hearing.

He is in custody on a $335,000 cash bond, according to court records.

Patrick, who authorities said suffered a fractured skull after Starkman hit her in the head with an ax twice, watched the hearing from the front row of the court gallery.

Starkman got into a fight with Patrick the night of the attack before returning with an ax to assault her and Barthel, according to a criminal complaint.

The attack left Patrick and Barthel hospitalized with serious head injuries, according to court documents.

Starkman was arrested the next morning in Beloit after a chase with police.

Patrick and Starkman had recently ended a years-long relationship when the attack occurred, authorities said.

Two of the charges against Starkman carry enhancers for domestic abuse.

Last updated: 10:35 am Tuesday, July 2, 2013

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