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Defense ends in Holmes murder trial

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The attorneys for 25-year-old Perquondis Holmes, who is accused of murder, presented their last witness in court. As the murder trial continues, the defense is holding onto every last piece of evidence that questions whether Waterloo Police thoroughly investigated the case three years ago. 

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.

In court, the defense pointed to why investigators took the three phones found in the white Toyota Camry the night of the shooting, and never looked to see what was inside those cell phones.

Those cell phones were only extracted this year, after the defense attorney, Robert Montgomery had requested they be extracted. 

The prosecution responded, pointing to how the phone extractions ultimately provide no crucial evidence to the case since the content of those messages were never presented to the jury. In court, the defense only asked Waterloo Police questions regarding the times of calls and texts sent and received from the phones. Defense attorney Montgomery never asked Waterloo Police Officer Jeremy Pohl the content of the text messages. 

"You're not testifying to any substance of the text messaging today, correct?" asked Prosecuting attorney Brian Williams. 

 "Correct," said Pohl. 

The defense also brought one last witness to take the stand today.

Dejoni Norris was driving the mustang that Dae'Quan's car followed into the parking lot of 1211 Langley Road. 

Norris testified today that he's cousins to both Perquondis Holmes and Dae'Quan Campbell. 

The trial is set to continue next Tuesday. 

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