ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WDHN) — For more than four years, the Coffee County community have wondered who could have killed an elementary school teacher from Enterprise.

On Tuesday, state and federal officials announced they’ve made an arrest in the cold case.

As WDHN News was first to report Tuesday afternoon, it’s her former husband.

On November 27th, 2017, Sara Starr’s lifeless body was found in the driveway of her rural Coffee County home. She had been fatally shot once. Her recently divorced husband, Jason Starr, was immediately a person of interest. But, he had an ironclad alibi where he proved he was not near his ex-wife’s home on the day of the murder.

On Tuesday afternoon, Sheriff Sutton along with Pike and Coffee District Attorney, Tom Anderson and
federal investigators held a news conference announcing the arrest of the ex-husband.

“The suspect is charged with interstate commerce facilities in the commission of murder for hire.” Sheriff Sutton said. “He was arrested early this morning and transported to Montgomery, Alabama. This has been a very complicated case and has taken offices to several states and even out of the county. “

Authorities say Mr. Starr did have an elaborate scheme, investigators told WDHN News.

Following the suspect’s arrest at his Daleville residence, Starr was immediately brought to Montgomery
where he was formally charged with murder and ordered to be held without bond.

At this time, District Attorney Anderson says the prosecution will take place in the federal court system. If he had his choice, Anderson alluded that he would prosecute it as a capital Punishment case.

“We haven’t made the decision yet,” Anderson said. “But we are going to prosecute independently. I will discuss this with the U.S. middle attorney. I asked him what penalty they plan to seek and it would be that a death.”

Authorities say they continue to search for a second man in the murder case. That individuals’ name has
not been released.

Anderson says he will continue prosecuting Starr in a separate case. In 2018, he was charged with sex abuse of a child less than 12-years-old.

At the time of her death four years ago, Sara Starr was a fourth-grade teacher at Harrand Creek elementary
school. She leaves behind four children.