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Murder trial underway for man accused of killing two

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

The first of two murder trials in underway for a homeless man accused of killing two others.

Police say the first murder happened last September when the body of Raymond Ursino was found in the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church.

Travis Standlee was detained in connection with the death, but was released and police say he went on to kill again.

Another victim, Sharon Mead, was found near a bus stop next to Coe College.

The trial that is underway is for the death of Raymond Ursino, its a case that sounds like it's going to rely heavily on surveillance video from downtown Cedar Rapids.

The prosecution says they have video of Standlee killing Raymond Ursino by strangling him with his bare hands in the church parking lot.

It's something the state will have to prove without a reasonable doubt, a doubt the defense says exist because the video is not a good one.

The defense told the jury they would take them through the video frame-by-frame to prove it.

The prosecution of course, is confident the video will do Ursino justice.

"What you will see next is a right arm come up, grab Mr. Ursino by the neck, begin to choke him, and slam him to the ground," said Jordan Schier, Assistant Linn County Attorney.

The trial will continue on Thursday.

We are expecting a second trial for Standlee sometime later this summer for the death of Mead.

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