SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court today upheld the murder conviction of wealthy socialite Frances Schreuder, ruling her son's testimony that she coerced him to kill her father was truthful and amply corroborated.
Schreuder, a former member of the New York City Ballet board, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison for the July 23, 1978, shooting death of her millionaire father, Franklin Bradshaw, 76.
Marc Schreuder, convicted of second-degree murder in Bradshaw's death, later testified at his mother's 1983 trial that she browbeat him into gunning down his grandfather because she feared Bradshaw would cut her out of his will.
"The evidence in this case is clearly sufficient to sustain a conviction of first-degree murder," Chief Justice Gordon R. Hall wrote. "The evidence and all the inferences that can be reasonably drawn from it . . . establish beyond a reasonable doubt that defendant had her father murdered."