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Testimony begins in Keys murder trial

by John Wilmer

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Opening statements were given Wednesday morning in the double murder trial of Martaves Keys of Waterloo. Keys pleaded not guilty to charges he shot and killed Ronald Scullark Junior and Annissa Schroeder in November of 2007.  

Wednesday morning began with both prosecution and defense giving their opening statements. Prosecutors say they have more than enough evidence to convict Keys of both murders, while the defense says the jury needs to hear both sides of the story.

Prosecutors say Keys committed the murders because he wanted to steal a large amount of marijuana from Scullark who was planning on selling the drugs in Waterloo.

"The defendant was saying he had a gun, but not that gun and his story just goes all over the place," Assistant District Attorney Joel Dalrymple said.

Prosecutors go on to say that Keys admitted to killing the two after hours of interrogation.  

"He finally knows it's up and he says just let me see my girl. I'll tell you it all. He did it," Dalrymple said.

"Martaves did not shoot these people.  The evidence will show that," Defense Attorney Melissa Anderson-Seeber said.

Seeber did not give any specific examples of the evidence in her opening statements.

The prosecution will continue calling witnesses Thursday. This case could last up to three weeks.

Online Reporter: John Wilmer

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