Loper Slaying Suspect Appears in Court

By Ellen Goldberg
|  Tuesday, May 24, 2011  |  Updated 9:59 PM CDT
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Terrance Black, who is accused in the death of his former girlfriend, Susan Loper, appeared in court in Arizona and once again refused extradition back to North Texas.

Ellen Goldberg, NBCDFW.com

Terrance Black, who is accused in the death of his former girlfriend, Susan Loper, appeared in court in Arizona and once again refused extradition back to North Texas.

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The man accused of killing his former girlfriend appeared in court in Arizona briefly on Tuesday only to refuse extradition back to Texas once again.

Terrance Black faces capital murder charges in the slaying of Susan Loper, whose body was found in a field off the Dallas North Tollway on April 20.

The 48-year-old Frisco man was arrested in Arizona after jumping into the Grand Canyon to evade park rangers two days later.

He rolled his eyes when he spotted television news cameras in the courtroom for his second court hearing.

Black, who was in a wheelchair wearing a medical halo around his head, told his defense attorney he felt nauseous after guards wheeled him to the front of the courtroom.

“He should be nauseous,” said Julie Mitchell, a longtime friend of Loper. “It makes us all nauseous to hear his name and see his face.”

In his first hearing last month, Black refused to sign paperwork that would return him to Texas after spending a week in a hospital.

Black's next hearing is set for June 28. After 90 days, Gov. Rick Perry can sign a warrant that would force Black to return to Texas.

“I think it's interesting that he wants to stay away,” Mitchell said. “I think him not wanting to see our faces is understandable. I think he should have to see our faces every single day for the rest of his life.”

Black refused a request for an interview.


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