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UPDATED: Trial underway for Waterloo man accused in teen's death

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A jury has now been selected in the trial of a Waterloo man accused in a fatal beating.  Twenty-year-old Paris Anding is charged with second degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Marcellus Andrews. 

When Andrews was beaten to death back in August, police called it a brutal crime.  It took several days for them to identify and talk to everyone who witnessed what happened.  And it wasn't until early September that Paris Anding was arrested and charged for killing Andrews.

Cottage Street in Waterloo was a typical, quiet neighborhood on a mid-August afternoon.  But just hours before on August 19, it was the place where 19-year-old Marcellus Andrews was severely beaten.  The teen's death was devastating for family and friends, including the local drill team Andrews belonged to.

"There must have been some sort of disagreement with someone, now that I can see.  But not for him to start the disagreement, because that's just not Marcellus," said Pat Bower, leader of the Union Baptist Crusaders.

Some witnesses allegedly heard anti-gay slurs shouted during the fight.  But ultimately, police did not pursue it as a hate crime.  At the time, authorities said regardless of the motive, the brutal attack was uncalled for.

"My opinion is, sadly, what does it matter?  You know, we all bleed red.  All of us need to show more tolerance.  We need to embrace our diversity in Waterloo, every single aspect of it," said Waterloo Safety Services director Dan Trelka.

As police pieced together evidence in the case, 20-year-old Paris Anding was later arrested and charged with second degree murder.  Now, he's set to stand trial, where ultimately a jury of seven women and seven men will decide his fate.

Black Hawk County Attorney Tom Ferguson is prosecuting this case.  He will begin opening statements Wednesday morning, and then the defense will present its side.  The trial is expected to last about a week. 

No word yet on if Paris Anding will testify in his own defense.

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