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Trial scheduled in Ames slayings


AMES (AP)--A jury trial is scheduled to begin this week in the case of a man accused in the stabbing deaths of two people.

Atiba Spellman faces two charges of first-degree murder in the slayings of 34-year-old Shakena Varnell and 32-year-old Michael Odikro. Their bodies were found on Dec. 6.

Spellman was arrested a couple of days later in Pikeville, N.C. He was brought back to Iowa to face charges.

Trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

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