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First witnesses called in Paris Anding murder trial

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Testimony is underway in the trial of a Waterloo man accused in a fatal beating.

20-year-old Paris Anding is charged with second degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Marcellus Andrews.

At the heart of this story -- a sour, and at times violent, relationship between two people: Tudia Simpson, and her ex-boyfriend Mike Snow.  The two fought outside Nikita Wright's home on Cottage Street, and Marcellus Andrews was at her home that night.

After the fight ended, Andrews, Simpson and Wright went to confront snow at his cousin's house.  it was a culmination of those fights that led to Phillips and a group of others going back to Wright's home the next night.

In court Black Hawk County Attorney Tom Ferguson said, "Several fights break out. Within minutes of that, Marcellus Andrews is lying on the ground, posturing from a brain injury suffered as a result from a blow to the back of his head."

Nikita Wright and Tudia Simpson both testified they saw Paris Anding that night, but didn't see Anding attack Andrews.

Wright later saw Andrews laying face down.  She ran into her house and called 911.


Prosecutors say Anding admitted in an interview that he hit Andrews in the head with a baseball bat, but the defense is saying that he was acting in defense of others.

Anding says he didn't even know Andrews, instead the defense is arguing that he was protecting his aunt in that August fight.

"He swung that bat at Marcellus and he hit him one time. He did just what he needed to do to stop that threat," said Jill Eimerman, Anding's defense attorney.

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