Spratt won 2 jackpots on fatal night | TheUnion.com

Spratt won 2 jackpots on fatal night

Mary Spratt, 75, who was found murdered at her residence in Grass Valley in May 2007, had won at least $400 at bingo the night she was killed, a witness in the murder case testified in court Thursday.

Maria Keyser played bingo with Spratt every Thursday night at the Grass Valley Elks Lodge for about a year before Spratt was murdered, Keyser said in Nevada County Superior Court.

Steven Medlyn, 35, is accused of strangling Spratt in her apartment with her dog’s leash. The defense has argued Medlyn was asleep at his mother-in-law’s Penn Valley house, where he was living with his wife and their children, the night of the killing.

Keyser recalled Spratt had won two jackpots on May 3, 2007 – the night she was killed, Keyser said.

“I remember being excited for her because she didn’t win at every game,” Keyser said. “It’s unusual for a person to win twice on one night.”

Keyser called Spratt “a nice lady” who taught her how to play bingo.

Amy Gilbert, an assistant drug center manager at Raley’s Supermarket, also testified that Spratt regularly visited her store.

“She would come at least once a month to cash her Social Security checks and to get money orders,” Gilbert said.

Two photographs from the surveillance cameras at Raley’s, showing Spratt shopping at the store, were presented in court as evidence on Wednesday.

Testimony is set to resume at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Witnesses are expected to include the pathologist who had performed the autopsy on Spratt, Spratt’s granddaughter and a DNA expert with the Department of Justice, according to Assistant D.A. Anna Ferguson.

To contact Soumitro Sen, e-mail ssen@theunion.com or call 477-4229.

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