Plano Detective Takes the Stand in Terrance Black Murder Trial

Published 08/21 2012 09:27PM

Updated 08/22 2012 06:30AM

A detective for the Plano Police Department took the stand today in the Terrance Black capital murder trial and testified about a large amount of blood outside the fitness studio where victim Susan Loper was allegedly killed.
Black is charged with capital murder in the death of the Wichita Falls native in April of last year.
The prosecutor alleges Loper's ex-boyfriend had a fixation on her and was waiting for her when she came to work that morning.  He told jurors yesterday Black tried to shoot Loper, but the gun malfunctioned so he beat her to death.
According to co-workers, Loper usually arrived for work around 6 each morning.  The detective testified tollway tag data for the morning of her death shows her car went through a Dallas North tollway station in Plano at 6:09 that morning, and exited in Frisco several minutes later.  Another officer found Loper's body in a field in Frisco the next day.
Prosecutors are also expected to show jurors alleged suicide notes Black wrote before jumping off the rim of the Grand Canyon three days after Loper's death.

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