- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - A former co-worker of the Iowa woman accused of slaying her husband and his girlfriend nearly 30 years ago testified Thursday that she remembers the woman said she killed someone, and the defendant could be heard making a similar statement in a prison phone call recording played in court.

Allison Simmons, who used to work with Theresa Supino, was among the witness taking the stand in Supino’s murder trial. Jailer Wendy Hecox and blood stain pattern analyst Paul Kish also testified.

Supino, 54, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder. She was arrested in March in connection with the 1983 killings of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory. Their bodies were found on the Copper Dollar Ranch northwest of Newton.

Simmons worked with Supino in 2001 and said she recalls Supino mentioning that she and her brother killed someone following a conversation the day of 9/11. Simmons said she didn’t bring the information to the police until 2011.

Hecox, who said she recorded hundreds of Supino’s conversations, testified about a conversation between Supino and her brother in which Supino allegedly said she killed Fisher and nobody else. Supino listened to the recording after court adjourned and said the comment “was taken out of context,” the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported (https://bit.ly/1Cq4EaE ).

Tyron Jordan, a family member of Supino, testified about a statement Supino made in 2005. He said he tried to intervene in an argument when Supino allegedly responded, “I got away with murder once, and I can get away with it again.” Jordan said he brought the comment to authorities after Supino’s arrest.

Kish, a witness for the defense, testified out of order due to scheduling issues. He said none of the blood stain patterns he observed could demonstrate whether the assailant was left- or right-handed. Previous testimony suggested the suspect was likely left-handed or ambidextrous.

Kish also said potential evidence isn’t available. He said photos of some aspects of the scene weren’t taken, and that he couldn’t inspect some items pictured because they weren’t collected or preserved by police.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com


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