Jerry Springer Show producer could face criminal prosecution as police believe she lied about sister's suicide
Published 06/10/2015 | 16:25
A producer on hit US chat show Jerry Springer is facing questioning from Los Angeles police relating to her sister's death from suicide earlier this year.
Earlier this year it was reported that police believed that producer Jill Blackstone (52) planned to kill herself and her sister Wendy in a suicide pact - but got cold feet at the last second and called a friend for help.
Blackstone was arrested in March for murder, a week after her sister's death, but was then later released without charge.
It was alleged that she engineered a way to asphyxiate she and her sister in their garage using carbon monoxide fumes from a barbecue, but subsequently panicked and called a friend who in turn alerted emergency services.
When paramedics arrived Wendy was dead and Jill was suffering from severe carbon monoxide poisoning.
The bodies of their three dogs were also found in the garage.
Meanwhile an autopsy found the prescription drug Xanax in Wendy's system.
Neighbors said that Wendy, who was blind and partially deaf was housebound and seriously ill.
They also said that the sisters struggled to find a new home that could accommodate them both and their dogs.
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At the time Jill said that she had no idea why Wendy would want to end her life.
However TMZ now report that Jill explained to police that a Weber BBQ located in the garage was to create warmth and said that the used charcoals found in the rubbish bin were burnt in order to to roast marshmallows.
Sources told the celebrity gossip website that police believe Jill assisted her sister in ending her life and even allege that Jill penned the suicide note.