- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Jurors reached no verdict Thursday after about 90 minutes of deliberations in the trial of an Iowa woman accused of killing her husband and his girlfriend more than 30 years ago.

The case against Theresa Supino was turned over to jurors after both the prosecution and defense delivered their closing arguments, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported (https://bit.ly/1EtOoYK ). Supino was arrested in March in connection with the 1983 slayings of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory, whose bodies were found on the Copper Dollar Ranch northwest of Newton.

Supino, 54, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder.

Prosecutor Scott Nicholson said Supino had a clear motive in the case, because he said she was upset about Fisher dating Gregory. Supino was married to Fisher when he died, but the couple had separated. Nicholson said the wounds sustained by Fisher and Gregory “clearly show rage.”

Nicholson also recapped alleged confessions and inconsistencies in Supino’s statements to investigators that had been revealed during testimony, including one instance in which he said Supino described a crime scene photo depicting Gregory at the camper’s dining room table. But Gregory’s body was found lying on a bench beside the table, and Nicholson said no photo exists like the one Supino detailed.

“Where did that image come from if she wasn’t there to see it?” Nicholson said.

Steve Addington, Supino’s defense attorney, discredited the three alleged confessions referenced by Nicholson, saying two couldn’t be confirmed and the other was taken out of context, and reminded jurors that police found no physical evidence at the scene.

“It is impossible to believe Theresa Fisher, Theresa Supino, did not take any of the crime scene with her,” Addington said.

Addington also told jurors that another likely suspect for the murders was Harold Snedeker, former owner of the ranch where the bodies were found. Snedeker was a convicted drug dealer, and the defense had made efforts throughout the trial to connect the killings to his drug trafficking.

If convicted, Supino could face life in prison without parole. Jurors will resume deliberation Friday.


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

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