Deliberations to Continue Friday in Copper Dollar Ranch Murders

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WATERLOO, Iowa -- The fate of Terri Supino now rests in the hands of a jury.

Supino is accused in the 1983 murders of her estranged husband Steven Fisher and his girlfriend, Melisa Gregory, at the Copper Dollar Ranch near Newton.

The jury in this case has a tough task. They have to go through evidence and testimony that, in most cases, is more than 30-years-old. The defense says there is no new information and that Supino was only arrested after a TV show called Cold Justice was brought in by the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department last year.

“There has been no twist in this case except one. And that's that a television show Cold Justice came to town in  2014...a cable television entertainment program, and they needed a good ending,” defense attorney Steven Addington told the jury.

That good ending, the defense argues, is Supino’s arrest -- even though the defense points out there is no physical evidence linking Supino to the crime.

Prosecutors say the arrest was about more than TV ratings.

"Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory. That's what this case is really about. Not about some stupid TV show. That has nothing to do with it. That's part of the investigative process,” said Jasper County attorney Mike Jacobson.

The jury got the case at about 2:45 p.m. and was let go for the day around 4:30 p.m. Jurors will resume deliberations Friday.


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