Published: Fri, April 13, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

'Jerry Springer' Ex-Producer Jill Blackstone Arrested for Murder

'Jerry Springer' Ex-Producer Jill Blackstone Arrested for Murder

Jill Blackstone was taken into custody in Baltimore and will be extradited to face a murder charge in California, authorities said. She was arrested today by Homicide detectives and the Baltimore Police Department and is now in custody with Baltimore Police Department awaiting extradition. more Police Department awaiting extradition. She was also charged with three counts of animal cruelty.

Wendy Blackstone was found unconscious in the garage of the Studio City home she shared with her sister.

Jill Blackstone, a former producer on Jerry Springer, has been arrested and charged in connection to the 2015 death of her sister. At least one of the dogs also died.

Blackstone's sister Wendy and three of her dogs were found dead in her garage in March 2015 after inhaling carbon monoxide fumes, believed to have come from a barbecue grill. "Jill Blackstone set the garage on fire, killing Wendy Blackstone and two of the dogs; staging it as an accident", the LAPD news release said.

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Blackstone worked as a producer on programs including "Family Court with Judge Penny", the Daily News reported.

Homicide detectives "worked in coordination with Los Angeles Fire Department Arson investigators, conducting independent investigations".

Los Angeles County prosecutors filed a murder charge against Blackstone last month, following a two-year investigation by the LAPD. "The investigative follow up required for a successful prosecution included significant travel, research, numerous interviews, and additional forensic evidence processing which added time to this extremely complex and sensitive investigation", the press release states.

Police are urging anyone with additional information to call Peteque at 805-750- 7888.

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However investigators are now said to believe that Jill wrote a suicide note left by Wendy, and that the producer may have helped her sister kill herself out of mercy for her condition.

Jill Blackstone was hospitalized with carbon monoxide poisoning.

Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the DA's office, said it's still unknown when Blackstone will appear in a Los Angeles County courtroom.

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