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Testimony begins in Power first degree murder trial

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The trial is underway for a Cedar Rapids man accused of strangling his neighbor.

Jerome Power proclaimed his innocence before the proceedings even got started Wednesday, holding up a sign for a camera man that said he didn't kill Doris Bevins, and implicated another man.

Opening statements were delivered to a 12 person jury Wednesday afternoon.

Prosecutors say the evidence will show that Power was found inside Bevins' apartment.  Bevins' was inside unconscious on the floor.  She died the following day, and a medical examiner determined the cause of death was asphyxiation by strangulation.

Prosecutors say Power has tried to implicate several different people.  They say there are several inconsistencies in his story which doesn't add up.

The defense argues that Power was called down to Bevins' apartment to help blow up an air mattress and that police were never able to collect any of Power's DNA on Bevins.

Testimony began with Bevins' friend Phillip Bemer taking the stand. 

Bemer testified he was on the phone with Bevins when he heard a loud pounding on Bevins' door through the phone.

Bemer said he later heard Bevins cry for help followed by a thump.  He immediately dialed 911

Several police officers also testified Wednesday.

The trial will resume Thursday morning in Linn County Court.

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