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Copper Dollar Ranch ‘Cold Justice’ episode airs March 28

TNT’s “Cold Justice” will air its episode on the 1983 Copper Dollar Ranch murders of Steven J. Fisher and Melisa L. Gregory on Friday, March 28.

Shortly after an arrest was announced on the 31st anniversary of the cold case, Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty issued a press release stating the sheriff’s office had been working with “Cold Justice” since December of 2012. The episode was originally scheduled to air Friday, but the show’s website now indicates the episode is slated for March 28.

“The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office and the Jasper County Attorney’s Office both made the decision that ‘Cold Justice’ could offer resources, experience, insight and guidance to the investigation,” Halferty stated in the news release issued earlier this month. “Members of ‘Cold Justice’ offered over 40 years of homicide investigation experience, equipment and technology, and prior successful prosecutions of numerous cold case homicides.”

The bodies of Fisher, 20, and Gregory, 17, were found shortly before 8 a.m. March 3, 1983, at the former Copper Dollar Ranch, located about four miles northwest of Newton. Both died as a result of multiple “chop wounds” — 13 to Fisher’s head and 17 to Gregory’s face and head — inflicted by a heavy-edged instrument, according to court documents.

Theresa “Terri” Supino, 53, of Altoona and formerly of Newton, was charged March 3 with two counts of first-degree murder in connection with the case. Supino was married to but separated from Fisher at the time of his death, and Fisher and Gregory had been in an ongoing dating relationship with each other.

Supino pleaded not guilty during a March 10 court appearance. A pre-trial conference is set for May 19, and her trial currently is scheduled for June 23.

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