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Testimony begins in Ames slayings trial


AMES (AP)--Testimony is scheduled to begin Thursday in the trial of a man accused in the stabbing deaths of two people in Ames.

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. The 33-year-old was brought back to Iowa to face charges.

Prosecutors presented an opening statement on Wednesday. The defense did not, but could do so at a later point in the trial.

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