Judge mulls throwing out evidence in Frisco murder case




Posted on June 1, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 1 at 5:52 PM

PLANO - A Collin County judge said he will make a decision on whether to suppress evidence in the capital murder trial of Terrance Black later this month.

Black is scheduled to go on trial in August for the murder of his ex-girlfriend, Collin County fitness instructor Susan Loper.

Loper vanished after missing an appointment at Plano's Gleneagles Country Club on April 19 last year. Her body was found in a Frisco field the next day.

Park rangers arrested Black two days later after he leaped into the Grand Canyon, suffering serious injuries.

His lawyers asked a judge to suppress dozens of documents seized by Plano Police in a search of Black's house on the same day Loper disappeared.

Black's attorneys argued the search warrant was invalid because at that point, police did not have enough evidence to implicate Black in Loper's murder. Detectives seized computers, cell phones and dozens of handwritten letters.

Collin County prosecutors defended the police search warrants, claiming investigators had enough proof to suspect Black in the murder.

"They had a bad relationship," said John Schomburger, First Assistant District Attorney. "It ended badly. And he was smothering."

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