New details in Loper murder case

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on April 25, 2011 at 8:24 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 27 at 10:45 AM

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona — There are more new details in the Susan Loper murder case.

Terrance Black, an ex-boyfriend of the Frisco fitness instructor, is the prime suspect. He is still recovering from a jump into the Grand Canyon after being approached by park rangers last Friday.

Black remains in the intensive care unit at Flagstaff Medical Center and has been fitted with a "halo" brace, which is commonly used to provide support for patients with serious neck injuries.

Court documents made public on Monday revealed what Plano police were looking for when they searched Black's residence in Frisco:

  • a 9mm firearm and ammunition
  • blood evidence
  • Loper's black yoga pants and watch

But all they found was a green folder with printed information and handwritten notes about relationships.

The search warrant details a struggle in the fitness room at Gleneagles Country Club, where Loper worked. Police found broken items, blood and live bullets on the floor.

Investigators also found blood outside the club.

Loper's family and friends were suspicious of Black from the beginning. They described him as "obsessed" and "smothering."

Black was reportedly trying to reestablish a relationship with Loper, but she refused. Family and friends said he recently tried to give her gifts, but she declined them — which made him angry.

Dwight Philpott, one of Black's friends, told News 8 he was stunned to learn about what had happened.

"It's not every day that one of your best friends is accused of capital murder," Philpott said. "Losing one of your best friends over something you never think he would do is unimaginable."

There is no information about how long Black will have to stay in the Flagstaff hospital's intensive care unit, or when he will be sent back to North Texas to face murder charges.

E-mail sstoler@wfaa.com

 

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