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Murder Makes ID

Wichita Falls, TX - The murder of a Clay County man is being brought back into the spotlight nearly 25 years after his death.

Newschannel 6 covered the murder case and trial of Jerry Sternadel from the very beginning.

Sternadel was a millionaire rancher and plumber who was allegedly poisoned to death by his estranged wife Lou Ann Sternadel and Secretary Debra Lynn Baker on June 12, 1990.

“It was like a soap opera. The stuff that happened in this case is just unbelievable,” said Jeannie Walker, Sternadel's first wife.

Walker said the motive behind his death was money. She said in April of 1990, her ex-husband called her to tell her about the money he said was stolen. 

"He had just found out that Lou Ann and Debbie his bookkeeper had stolen thousands of dollars from him,” said Walker.

Walker said once Sternadel found out his wife and bookkeeper stole money from him, he threatened them to repay him. She said, he said if they did not he would file legal charges and divorce his wife.

And Walker said shortly after that exchange he was poisoned to death.

"He had enough arsenic in him to kill an elephant,” said Walker.

Investigation Discovery will be airing a piece about Debra Lynn Baker in it's series titled deadly women hunger for cash. Baker, 56-years-old was released from prison last year.

A few months ago, Walker and Thomas Bradley a teenager at the time of Sternadal's murder sat down with ID to tell their story.

Bradley, now a native of Houston, was the innocent victim who accidentally drank the cranapple juice that was meant for the millionaire.

Walker said while she and ex-husband split years before his murder. She played a big part in bringing his killer to justice.

"That didn't weigh into question. To me it didn't make any difference. When I see injustice, especially someone I care about I'm going to try and do something about it,” said Walker.

The story will be airing on Investigation Discovery (Deadly Women- Hunger for Cash) Friday, August 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Jimmie Johnson, Newschannel 6
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