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Testimony underway in Iowa City landlord murder trial


After more than two days, the jury has been selected in the Charles Thompson first degree murder case.

Thompson is accused of shooting landlord John Versypt in what police call a botched robbery attempt back in 2009.

Police say Thompson shot 64-year-old Versypt, who was in town from his home in Cordova, Illinois to check on one of his rental properties in Iowa City.

Opening statements were made to the 12 member jury Wednesday afternoon.

Johnson County attorney Janet Lyness told the jury the evidence will show Thompson pulled the trigger and shot Versypt in the head with a 38 caliber revolver.

"The next thing he would have seen was a 38 caliber gun pointed directly at his forehead.  You will hear how he was shot through the hand, through the head, and that's what killed him," Lyness said.

Defense attorney Tyler Johnston argues that testimony will reveal that Thompson was in his apartment playing video games with his girlfriend at the time of the shooting. 

And that police, followed up on bad information from Justin Marshall, the second person charged in the death of Versypt.

"Is there one piece of physical evidence?  Is there one witness to the offense?  Was there one statement made by Mr. Thompson that ever placed him there?  And the answer as you listen to the evidence is no," Johnston said.

Testimony began Wednesday with Versypt's widow Jan having to take the stand and recall the events of the day her husband was killed.

Witness testimony will continue Thursday morning.  The trial is expected to take two weeks.

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