Ranch Owner, Former Neighbor Testify in Supino Murder Trial

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WATERLOO, Iowa -- Testimony continued in Waterloo Thursday in the double murder trial of Terri Supino.

Supino is accused of killing her estranged husband Steven Fisher and his girlfriend, Melissa Gregory, at the Copper Dollar Ranch near Newton back in 1983.  The trial was moved from Jasper County to Black Hawk County because of pre-trial publicity.

A forensic expert testified that she believed, based on blood splatter evidence, that the killer was left handed or ambidextrous. We did notice that throughout the trial, Supino had been taking notes with her right hand.

Thursday, a jailor at the Jasper County Jail testified that Supino reported that she was ambidextrous, so she can comfortably use her left or right hand.

We also heard from the woman who lived next door to the Copper Dollar Ranch. She says a worker ran to her house in 1983 screaming that two people had been murdered there. She says she went over to the ranch and saw Steven Fisher’s body first.

"He had a pair of blue jeans on and he was barefooted.  But I thought he had a brown...you know this is something I just tried to forget for so long. I thought he had a brown shirt on but I knew from that moment on this will be a scene I will never be able to take out do my mind,” Rita Ham testified. “I'm sorry. I’m sorry His head was gone. The whole side of his head was gone."

The co-owner of the Copper Dollar Ranch also took the stand Thursday. She says police told her about the murders shortly after the bodies were found. She says she was about to go to meet with police when Supino called her and started peppering her with questions.

"If they were shot, if they did…they overdosed on drugs. She also asked me if a girl had been found. And I told her I believe so. And then the conversation ended with her just kind of turning to it sounded like her brother and she said ‘well I better get an attorney because they're going to blame me,’” testified Linda Snedeker.

Two jurors sent the judge unsolicited questions Thursday. One of the jurors asked why there wasn’t a trial 30 years ago when the murders first happened.

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