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Woman identifies Eddie Adams from crime scene


Amy Gerhard looked down the barrel of a sawed-off shotgun on Dec. 3, 2009, the day two men robbed the restaurant she co-owned, Knicker's Saloon, at gunpoint.

Wednesday morning, she gave emotional testimony at the Eddie Adams trial.

Adams is on trial, facing charges of armed robbery for the incident at Knicker's, plus attempted murder for his involvement in the shooting of Dubuque police lieutenant Scott Baxter. Dubuque County prosecutors are also charging Adams with the unlawful possession of an offensive weapon and firearm.

A judge has already sentenced Adams' father, Eddie Chest, to 50 years in prison for his role in the crimes.

The second suspect at Knicker's on Dec. 3, 2009 hadn't been identified - until today.

Dubuque County prosecutor Chris Corken asked Gerhard who was the man who held her at gunpoint. She gestured to defendant Eddie Adams and said, "that man over there."

Both suspects at Knickers, however, were wearing ski masks.

"I recognize his eyes because I looked into his eyes at the bar that day and begged him not to kill me," Gerhard testified. "As soon as I saw him and sat next to him, I knew that he was the one."

The defense questioned Gerhard's testimony, as she was able to recall details Wednesday morning that she was unable to provide in her statement to police soon after the Knicker's incident. Wednesday, for example, she described the clothing the two men were wearing. In her original statement, she told the official she didn't recall.

The court also heard from DNA analysts from the Division of Criminal Investigation crime lab.

Analysts found traces of Eddie Adams' DNA on a ski mask, black gloves and a sawed-off shotgun found in a vehicle parked near the scene of the crime.

"The shotgun, item number 23," Erica Ng with the DCI said, holding up the sawed-off shotgun found in the vehicle. "This partial DNA profile was consistent with the DNA profile of Eddie Adams."

She said she also tested the evidence for traces of others' DNA, such as Lt. Baxter and Eddie Chest. Adams was the only person whose DNA emerged with any certainty.

Ng said, however, there are no scientific tests to determine when and how long ago DNA is deposited onto an item.

The prosecution plans on resting its case Thursday. The trial is scheduled to extend into next week.

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