California TV producer arrested on suspicion of murdering deaf sister


This booking mug shows Jill Blackstone, a TV producer who was arrested on Thursday, April 12, 2018, on suspicion of killing her sister at their Studio City home in 2015. (Photo courtesy LAPD)

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Television producer Jill Blackstone has been arrested in Baltimore on a murder warrant related to the Studio City death of her deaf and partly blind sister, Los Angeles police officials said Thursday.

This booking mug shows Jill Blackstone, a TV producer who was arrested on Thursday, April 12, 2018, on suspicion of killing her sister at their Studio City home in 2015. (Photo courtesy LAPD)

Blackstone, whose production work includes “The Jerry Springer Show” and “Family Court with Judge Penny,” is accused of drugging her sister and placing her, along with three pet dogs, in the garage before setting it on fire and “staging it as an accident,” the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release. At least one of the dogs also died.

After Los Angeles County prosecutors issued a warrant for her arrest last month, Blackstone was arrested by LAPD’s Operations-Valley Bureau Homicide detectives and Baltimore police at a hospital in Baltimore early Thursday, according to LAPD Officer Mike Lopez.

Homicide detectives were notified by the suspect’s attorney that she had checked herself into the hospital due to a medical condition, according to police.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office had filed one count of murder and three counts of animal cruelty against the suspect on March 9, according to a D.A. office spokesman.

“She’s currently still in Baltimore, Maryland,” Lopez said. “LAPD detectives flew back here, and they’re waiting for (her) extradition.”

Her sister, Wendy Blackstone, 49, was reportedly found unconscious in March of 2015 in a garage in the 12000 block of Landale Street.

Blackstone’s cause of death was determined to be the combined effects of inhalation of products of combustion and Alprazolam, which …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment

      

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