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Man accused of two separate murders appears in court

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A man accused of two separate murders in Iowa City appeared in court this morning. 

41-year-old Curtis Jones appeared through a video monitor in the Johnson County Courthouse where Judge Jason Burns set his bond at $1 Million cash only.

Jones is being charged with First Degree Murder for the death of Iowa City Bail Bondsman Jonathan Wieseler. 

He was already being held on a $1 Million cash only bond for a First Degree Murder charge in the death of Iowa City cab driver Ricky Lillie. 

Both Wieseler and Lillie were shot in the head while Jones allegedly tried to rob them. 

Jones was caught on surveillance video near both scenes according to police. 

Wieseler was killed in April and Lillie was killed in June. 

Prior to the two murder charges Jones was serving time for an armed robbery he committed in 2005, he was released from prison on parole in the fall of 2016. 

At his initial appearance in Wieseler's death this morning Jones told the judge he wanted to have an attorney with him.

"Due process allows me an attorney at this time," he told the judge. 

"Jail didn't allow me to talk to an attorney. I've been locked up in a cell since these charges," he added. 

Judge Burns told him he could have arranged to have an attorney with him today if he wanted to. 

A trial is set for April 9, 2018 for the death of Ricky Lillie, a trial has yet to be set for the death of Jonathan Wieseler. 

If convicted of First Degree Murder in Iowa Jones would serve a mandatory life sentence with no chance of parole. 

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