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Supino acquitted of 1983 double murder

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

An Iowa woman has been acquitted of two counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of her husband and his girlfriend more than 30 years ago.

After ten days of trial, it only took jurors eight hours of deliberation to find 54-year-old Theresa Supino not guilty of double murder.

The bodies of Steven Fisher and Melisa Gregory were found on the Copper Dollar Ranch northwest of Newton in 1983.

Jurors weighed witness testimony and crime scene evidence in which prosecutors said Supino killed Fisher and Gregory out of anger over their relationship.  Prosecutors said Supino was a jealous wife who snapped.  The defense said the murders could have been related to Fisher's drug trafficking.  They said Fisher was an informant for the police and that other people had the motive and opportunity to kill the couple.

Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty says he still believes he arrested the right person, and the case is now closed.
Halferty told WHO-TV, "If the jury decides they don't have enough information to [find Supino guilty], we have to accept that. It's a good system the way it works."  When asked if Supino got away with murder, Halferty said, "She was found not guilty."

Supino said this after being acquitted:  "I knew that I was innocent and I just hoped that they listened to the evidence and realized I wasn't guilty."

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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