WATERLOO | Jurors on Monday heard from and saw defendant Theresa "Terri" Supino describe events related to a double homicide in March 1983 outside Newton.
On Tuesday morning, the jury was scheduled to walk about a block to a Waterloo police storage facility to inspect the camper where one of the victims, Melisa Gregory, died. The inspection was rescheduled from Monday.
Authorities allege Supino used a heavy instrument with a sharp edge to kill her estranged husband, Steven Fisher, 20, and his girlfriend, Gregory, 17. The pair died nearly 32 years ago on the Copper Dollar Ranch in Jasper County.
Authorities arrested Supino, now 54, in 2014, and the case moved to Black Hawk County District Court on a change of venue.
Prosecutors started Monday with two dozen audio and video clips of investigators quizzing Supino over the years.
Prosecutor Michael Jacobsen asked Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation special agent Adam DeCamp to identify inconsistencies in Supino's statements. DeCamp noted several, including why Supino said she visited the camper late on March 2, 1983.
On one occasion, she told officers she wanted to talk to Fisher about getting an apartment together. Supino later said she needed to get shoes for her son, Rocky.
DeCamp also said Supino changed the amount of time she claimed she and her twin brother Tim Supino were at Fisher's camper that night.
Supino, on the recordings and in her earlier statements, also changed her version of who knocked on the trailer's door. In some versions, she said she did. On others, Supino said her brother did.
During the recordings, Supino said she just talked to Fisher, but he was tired and went to bed. On another, Supino said she went to the ranch "to be a b---" and "to p--- him off even more."
Supino blamed another incident on Melisa Gregory. Fisher broke his arm after it was caught in a car window and he was dragged by the vehicle, according to Supino. Gregory was the driver, Supino said on the recording.
A previous witness, Linda Snedeker, wife of ranch owner Harold Snedeker, told jurors she saw the incident and Supino was driving the car.
During the interviews, Supino at one point specifically denied involvement in Fisher and Gregory's deaths.
"I'm sorry, but I didn't kill anybody and neither did my brother," she said.
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"I'm the No. 1 suspect. I did it, all right?" she said.
Jacobsen asked DeCamp if he understood Supino's latter statement as facetious, meaning deliberately inappropriate?
"Absolutely," DeCamp testified.
DeCamp added Supino never confessed killing either Fisher or Gregory during an interview with him. She did, however, provide inconsistencies, according to the investigator.
At one point in an interview, DeCamp showed Supino a photograph of Fisher. Supino notes she has no photos of her late husband and even burned their wedding images.
"He was one part of my life that I don't want to look back on and relive. Of course I've had to for how many years ... ," Supino added.
While the prosecution focused on inconsistencies, on cross examination defense attorney Jill Eimermann asked DeCamp about consistencies over the past 32 years --- no fingerprints; no DNA; no blood; no footprints; no hair; no physical evidence.
"Nothing from the crime scene has been linked to Terri Supino, correct?" Eimermann asked.
"Correct," DeCamp said.
Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty, during the afternoon session, told jurors about re-invigorating his office's investigation in 2003. The work ultimately led to Supino's arrest on March 3, 2013, on the 30th anniversary of Fisher's and Gregory's deaths.
Halferty involved the state of Iowa's one-time cold-case unit and later "Cold Justice," a reality TV show, in the case. The TV crew provided a veteran homicide detective, prosecutor and other investigators.
After Supino's arrest, authorities searched her home. Halferty read some of her poems. One verse by Supino talked about issues "created years ago" and about "doubt and shame that call my name."
On cross examination, defense attorney Steven Addington noted three previous sheriffs and numerous agencies and officers have examined the case since 1983. He also noted in perhaps 50 hours of interviews, Supino has never admitted guilt.
"She has not," Halferty said.