Jury: Terrance Black guilty of murder of Susan Loper
MCKINNEY [TX] — Terrance Black has been found guilty of capital murder in the death of Susan Loper. The jury of nine men and three women reached a verdict after nearly four-and-a-half hours of deliberations.
The verdict came at the end of the nine-day trial, which featured 83 witnesses and hundreds of items of evidence.
Both [Prosecutors] Johnson and Schomburger disputed the defense's claim that Jayson Hayes, Loper's boyfriend at the time of her death, was in any way responsible for her murder. Prosecutors mentioned that Hayes would have been able to have access to Loper after she moved studios, an opportunity Black would not have had. They also mentioned that Hayes had to be at work that morning while Black was unemployed and had nowhere to be during or after the crime.
Immediately after being informed of Loper's disappearance, Hayes went to the crime scene and spoke with police. He also was interviewed by detectives later that day at Loper's residence. These, prosecutors told the jury, were not the actions of a man with something to hide. By comparison, Black had left North Texas shortly after the crime, ending up in Arizona the next day.
To illustrate their point that it was Black, not Hayes, who was acting guilty, the prosecution shared a passage from Proverbs 28:1.
"The wicked flee when no man pursueth, but the innocent are as bold as a lion."
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"People talk about “closure,” but there’s no such thing as closure. You absorb life, including its blows, and move on. If you’re lucky or work hard, adversity makes you better, stronger, deeper. You’ll never not mourn, because you’re human and that’s the way we’re built. But there are moments when something happens—you take a turn, or a new understanding happens. There are times when you realize a certain point in the arc of mourning has been reached. There are times when justice happens." -- Peggy Noonan