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UPDATE: Woman says she saw Ursino on the ground, figured he was a drunk

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UPDATE: Sergeant Ryan Abodeely is the next witness, a Patrol Lieutenant with the Cedar Rapids Police Department.

Abodeely says he was called to the First Presbyterian Church for a report of a body, a passerby saw on their way to the farmers market.

At first, Abodeely says they did not find the death suspicious.


The next witness is a woman who says she saw Ursino laying on the ground, and figured he was a drunk.

The woman says she did not approach the body.


Cross examination is underway for Dr. Klein by the defense.

Defense Attorney David Grinde is questioning Dr. Klein about Ursino's medical history prior to his death.

Dr. Klein says Ursino drank 1-2 pints of vodka on a daily basis and that he was frail weighing129 pounds at 5 foot 6.

Dr. Klein also confirms Ursino suffered from an enlarged heart.


The murder trial of Travis Standlee is back in session after a call for a mistrial by the defense.

Dr. Dennis Klein is back on the witness stand, he is continuing to explain the autopsy photos of Raymond Ursino.

Dr. Klein says Ursino had many medical problems at his time of death including coronary artery disease, he also said Ursino had a high amount of alcohol in his system when he died.

Dr. Klein says Ursino did not die because of his health problems or because of the amount of alcohol in his system.

The cause of death for Ursino, according to Dr. Klein, is strangulation.


The defense has called for a mistrial in the murder trial of Travis Standlee after a medical emergency in the courtroom.

Standlee is accused of strangling Raymond Ursino to death in the parking lot of the First Presbyterian Church last September.

During the showing of autopsy photos of Raymond Ursino's body, one of the jurors passed out.

It was agreed by both parties and the judge that the juror would be released from their duties in this case.

While the juror was passed out, a nurse from the audience went up to help the juror.

The defense argued that the nurse was a relative of Raymond Ursino.

The trial is currently on a break while the jurors are being questioned about whether they can remain impartial.

KWWL's Kristin Rogers is tweeting out updates from the courtroom @KRogersKWWL .

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