Television producer Jill Blackstone, whose credits include The Jerry Springer Show, Divorce Court and Family Court with Judge Penny, will now face a real-life courtroom situation. The Los Angeles Police Department’s Operations-Valley Bureau Homicide Detectives, along with the Baltimore Police Department, have arrested her for murder.
According to LAPD, on March 14, 2015, Jill Blackstone drugged her sister Wendy Blackstone and placed her in the garage of their North Hollywood residence along with three pet dogs. Jill Blackstone then allegedly set the garage on fire, killing Wendy and two of the dogs, staging it as an accident.
Homicide detectives believe the motive was Jill’s frustration at being forced to provide Wendy long-term care, as well as the associated financial hardship.
Later in March 2018, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office filed murder and animal cruelty charges and issued a warrant for Jill Blackstone. Homicide detectives were notified by her attorney that she checked herself into a hospital in Baltimore because of a medical condition. She was arrested today by homicide detectives and the Baltimore Police Department and is currently in custody awaiting extradition.
Blackstone was nominated for a CableACE award in 1993. Her resume also includes executive producer credits on The Tony Danza Show and Pat Croce Moving In in addition to the courtroom shows and Springer.