Here are a few updates from the Terri Supino murder trial that is ongoing in Waterloo, Iowa.
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WHO-TV // Thursday brought another day of testimony in the Copper Dollar Ranch double murder case. Fifty-four-year old Terri Supino is accused of killing her estranged husband and his girlfriend at the ranch back in 1983.
Thursday the former owner of the ranch, Hal Snedeker continued his testimony. Immediately after the murders Snedeker emerged as a suspect. He was a high level drug trafficker at the time, and he had been told that one of the victims, Steven Fisher, was a snitch.
Snedeker testified that he was given immunity from arrest in exchange for cooperating with police. He says he was trafficking hundreds of pounds of marijuana at the time of the murders, and that on one occasion, he sent Fisher to Florida with $36,000 to pay for a shipment. He also testified that he had been warned that Fisher was working as a police informant.
Thursday Snedeker told the jury he did not kill Fisher or his girlfriend, Melisa Gregory.
WHO-TV // Testimony continued Wednesday in the double murder trial of Terri Supino.
Supino is accused of killing her estranged husband Steven Fisher and his girlfriend Melisa Gregory at the Copper Dollar Ranch in Jasper County more than 30 years ago.
The prosecution says Supino killed Fisher and Gregory in a jealous rage. The defense says the murders could be drug related because the ranch’s owner admits, at the time of the murders, he was dealing drugs out of there.
Former owner Hal Snedeker admitted to the court he was dealing marijuana as a way to sustain an income.
Snedeker admitted on the stand that he was offered immunity for his statements back in the 1980s. He also admitted he has lied under oath about statements he made about his drug dealing since the murders.
At times during testimony Wednesday Snedeker seemed reluctant to answer questions from the defense about whether Fisher knew he was dealing large amounts of marijuana. He finally admitted Fisher new about the drug dealing about a year before his death.
Snedecker also says he had been told that Fisher was working with police as a drug informant but didn’t believe it until the day of the murder when police confirmed it.
KTTC-TV // The owner of the ranch where two bodies were found over 30 years ago and a DNA analyst testified in the trial of an Iowa woman accused of killing her husband and his girlfriend.
The Newton Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/16ZvBJs ) the case against 54-year-old Theresa Supino continued Thursday in Waterloo with testimony from former Copper Dollar Ranch owner Harold Snedeker and forensic biologist Emily Herren.
Supino was arrested in March in connection with the 1983 killings of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory, whose bodies were found on the ranch.
Supino has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.
Defense attorneys questioned Snedeker about his whereabouts the night of the murders. Snedeker says wasn’t involved in the slayings.
Herren says semen found on a pair of Supino’s jeans matched Fisher.