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WATERLOO, Iowa -- Wednesday marked the first day of testimony in the 30-year-old Copper Dollar Ranch murder trial.

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

The trial was moved to Black Hawk County because of the pretrial publicity the case has seen. Prosecutors say Supino flew into a jealous rage when she caught her husband with another woman. But the defense paints a much different picture.

"Mrs. Supino caught Steven and Melissa together and with premeditation and malice of forethought brutally murdered both of them,” Assistant Jasper County Attorney Scott Nicholson told the jury

Prosecutors say Terri Supino killed Fisher and Gregory when she caught the two in a camper at the Copper Dollar Ranch.

Defense attorneys countered saying there is no way the five-foot-two, 90-pound Supino could have possibly committed both murders. They say Fisher knew the Copper Dollar Ranch was a front for a drug operation and that Fisher’s boss knew something about him.

"He knew Steve was a confidential informant. He was working for local law enforcement. Snitch, sometimes you might hear,” said defense attorney Jill Ann Eimermann.

Retired Jasper County sheriff Mike Balmer also took the stand. He says right up until the time that he retired in 2012, his office worked the case and never had enough information to make an arrest.

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