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Investigators questioned during Holmes murder trial

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Murder trial for Perquondis Holmes continued, as the court heard from Waterloo investigators, who were questioned about their investigation following the 2013 shooting. 

25-year-old Perquondis Holmes was found guilty more than a year ago. 

The victim Dae'Quan Campbell was shot to death behind a Waterloo apartment building. Holmes was given a new trial after the jury saw pictures of Holmes being linked to a gang.

The court heard from Waterloo investigators as they were questioned about their investigation following the 2013 shooting. In question by the defense, was if police completed a thorough investigation of everyone at the scene of the shooting. 

Multiple shots were fired into a white Toyota Camry in the November 2013 shooting. 

18-year-old Dae'Quan Campbell was behind the wheel, when he was murdered. 

In court, the attorney for Perquondis Holmes focused on the other men in the Toyota Camry the night of the shooting. 

Jacane Campbell, David Sailor, and Tamaris Gary all sitting in the Camry during the shooting. 

"At any point during the course of the investigation into this case, did you speak with any friends of Tamaris Gary other than his buddies Jacane and David Sailor who were right there with him? asked Defense attorney Robert Montgomery. 

"No," said Waterloo Police Investigator Jeff Tyler. 

The defense also brought into question the other people on scene that night.

Dejoni Norris, friend of Perquondis, was driving the mustang that Campbell's car followed into the apartment complex parking lot the night of the shooting. 

"It was not prudent police work to fail to test the clothing, or examine the clothing of Dejoni Norris for gun shot residue, was it?" asked Montgomery. 

"I wouldn't call it a fail to do it," said Tyler. "It wasn't done."

The defense said Waterloo Police never looked into the phone records of the men who witnessed the shooting. 

"You got search warrants for about a dozen or more phone numbers in this case, correct? asked Montgomery. 

"Correct," said Tyler.

"That weren't Tamaris Gary's or David Sailors, or Jacane Campbells or Dejoni Norris, correct?" asked Montgomery. 

"Correct," said Tyler. 

Questioning of Waterloo Police's handle on the case comes right after offensive comments from a police officer responding to the shooting, were brought to the surface. 

Officer Kenneth Schaaf  suggested that Dae'Quan Campbell was not a true victim. Waterloo Police Chief Dan Trelka said he has opened an internal investigation into those remarks. 

The family of Dae'Quan Campbell says their very upset after hearing those comments. 

The trial is set to continue this week. 

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