MCKINNEY, Texas (AP) — The mother of a North Texas fitness instructor found dead in a field says the victim's ex-boyfriend seemed obsessed with her.
Testimony began Monday in the McKinney trial of Terrance Deering Black. He's charged with capital murder in the slaying of Susan Loper of Frisco. Her beaten body was found April 20, 2011, in a Frisco field near a highway.
Catherine Miller was the first witness and she described to jurors how Black gave her daughter expensive gifts.
Prosecutors opened their case by saying Black had a fixation on Loper. The defense said police should have spent more time investigating other suspects, including the victim's most recent boyfriend.
Black was arrested in Arizona, several days after the victim's body was found, when he jumped into the Grand Canyon.
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