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Jerome Power strangulation trial begins in Cedar Rapids

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Opening statements are underway in a Cedar Rapids murder trial where prosecutors say a woman was killed in a surprise attack.

Jerome Power is charged with strangling his neighbor, 68-year-old Doris Bevins.

Power was found inside Bevins' apartment when Cedar Rapids Police responded in September of 2010.

Bevins was found unconscious on the floor with flannel pants wrapped around her neck. She died the next day.

A medical examiner found the cause of death to be asphyxiation by strangulation.

On Wednesday, the jury heard opening statements and testimony from both sides.

The defense argued Powers was called down to Bevins apartment to help her blow up an air mattress, and Power's DNA was not found on Bevins.

Prosecutors said the evidence will show Power was in Bevins' apartment, and that the story he told police is inconsistent and doesn't add up.

A friend of Bevins who was on the phone with her heard a pounding on the door and later heard Bevins cry for help.

In an unusual moment Wednesday, Power held up a sign and pointed it at a reporter proclaiming his innocence and implicating another man.

Two police officers also took the stand on Wednesday.

Testimony will continue Thursday morning in Linn County.

The trial is expected to last one week.

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