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Waterloo Safety Services Director, Dan Trelka, says his officers have arrested the man they believe pulled the trigger in Wednesday night's double shooting.More >>
Waterloo Safety Services Director, Dan Trelka, says his officers have arrested the man they believe pulled the trigger in Wednesday night's double shooting at 704 Newell Street, which left one woman dead and another wounded.More >>
Friends and family remembered a Waterloo murder victim Sunday night.More >>
Friends and family remembered a Waterloo murder victim Sunday evening.More >>
WATERLOO (KWWL) -
A jury is now seated in what is sure to be an emotional trial.
Kevin Ambrose, 34, of Waterloo, is accused of first-degree murder in the death of Kay Straw, 59. Straw was shot inside her Waterloo home on May 2, 2011.
Ambrose also faces attempted murder charges for shooting Straw's daughter, Marlene Buss.
Potential jurors were asked about their views on race and interracial couples. Additionally, a seven-year-old child who allegedly was in the home when Straw was shot is set to be called as a witness during this trial.
Opening statements are expected to happen in court Wednesday morning. The trial could last about a week.
Early on, Ambrose's defense team tried to get this trial moved out of Black Hawk County because of the media attention surrounding the case. But during jury questioning Tuesday, not many of the jurors had learned much about the case before now.
Family members of Buss say she was trying to break off an abusive relationship with Ambrose, even getting a restraining order against him. But that protection wasn't enough.
"He had told her a couple different times if she ever tried to leave him he would kill her, and when he walked into the house he said, '(Expletive) you're going to die,'" Tammy Barnes, Buss' sister and Straw's daughter, said at the time.
Buss and Straw were escorted by police to their home to collect some personal belongings, and after authorities left, Ambrose appeared.
"He went to fire and misfired the first time," Barnes said. "The bullet got stuck and my sister ran out of the house. He chased after her and shot her five times and went back into the house and shot my mom three times."
After hours of questioning, investigators learned Kevin Ambrose was hiding out in a Waterloo home. The area on West Fifth Street was blocked off, neighbors evacuated and a nearby school put on lockdown.
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