Suspect killed for drugs, money and revenge, lawyer says |

Suspect killed for drugs, money and revenge, lawyer says

Steven Medlyn strangled Mary Spratt, 75, with her poodle’s dog leash because he wanted her bingo winnings and pain medication, and he was angry with her for telling police he stole from her, Assistant DA Anna Ferguson said in court today.

Opening statements this morning in Medlyn’s murder trial revealed Spratt went to police about a week before her death to report Medlyn ” whom she had know for about four years “stole her money and pain medication while he was at a yard sale at her house April 27.

Spratt was murdered at her West Empire Street apartment the night of May 3, 2007, the same night she won an undisclosed amount of money at bingo.

Her purse was later located at Medlyn’s home by police with a search warrant.

“It started out being a very lucky day for Mary Spratt,” Ferguson said, “but it ended up being a very unlucky night.”

Defense lawyer Keri Goodrow claims someone else murdered Spratt while Steven Medlyn was sleeping at his mother-in-law’s home in Penn Valley.

The neighbor who found Spratt and the paramedic who responded to the neighbor’s 911 call testified this morning.

Spratt’s neighbor Gloria Caselli said Spratt’s beloved poodle “Doodles” was standing on top of Spratt when she found her body.

Spratt’s daughter Lisa Spratt was present in court, and cried quietly as the jury of seven men and five women passed around a picture of the murder scene.

Read Wednesday’s edition of The Union for the full story.

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