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Trial looms for Michael Syperda

First degree murder trial set to begin May 1
Apr 17, 2018

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News

 

The trial for Michael Syperda, who is accused of killing his estranged wife in 2000, is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 1. The jury will convene at 8:30 a.m. at the Henry County Courthouse.

Syperda has been charged with first degree murder of his estranged wife Elizabeth Syperda, who disappeared from Mt. Pleasant on July 16, 2000. Elizabeth’s body has never been found.

Syperda was arrested in Rifle, Colo., after a grand jury found probable cause in the indictment in March 2017. Syperda was taken into custody November 30, 2017 and was extradited to Mt. Pleasant in February, where he is being held in the Henry County Jail without bond.

County Attorney Darin Stater said he hopes the trial will conclude by Friday, May 4, adding that he doesn’t know how long the jury will be out deliberating.

Henry County Attorney office manager Tammy Mulford said the office has been busy doing depositions at the courthouse during the Henry County Board of Supervisors meeting on April 5.

“Those are going on right now,” Mulford said during the meeting.

Witnesses have been flown to Mt. Pleasant over the past couple months as the attorney’s office collects depositions. They have also been collecting depositions over the phone to save on the expense of flying witnesses across the country.

Elizabeth’s mother, Donna Forshee, of Roseville Calif., is on the county’s list of witnesses to appear in court in May.

Stater said if the county did not have sufficient evidence for a conviction, they “wouldn’t take (the case) otherwise.”

Syperda will be represented by a public defender. During his initial court appearance in February, Syperda made no statements regarding the charges.

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