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Cedar Rapids Man Faces Murder Charge After Assault Victim Dies

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- A woman who police say was assaulted by her neighbor late Sunday night has died, police confirmed Tuesday.

Officers found Doris Bevins unconscious on the floor of her apartment at 1211 Fifth Ave. SE around 11:20 p.m. She was taken to Mercy Medical Center where she died Monday. She was 68.

Jerome Power, 48, who lives in an upstairs unit in the same apartment house, was found inside Bevins' apartment when police busted inside. Power was arrested and is now charged with first-degree murder.

According to the criminal complaint filed against Power, Bevins was found with clothing wrapped around her neck. Police Sgt. Cristy Hamblin said Tuesday evidence was found to indicate Bevins had been strangled.

Landlord Don Houghton, who owns the apartment house, said Bevins also suffered heart attack and was "beaten up pretty bad." He said the information came from his cousin, who twice tried to visit Bevins in the hospital Monday.

"She was a people person," Houghton said Tuesday. "She always tried to be the one to take care of the apartment and watch out for everything, to make sure there was no hanky-panky."

Online court records show a lengthy criminal record for Power. He was convicted of first-degree robbery in 1994 after he robbed a woman at knife-point in Waterloo. It was second felony, after a conviction for second-degree burglary in 1988.

He has spent much of the last 25 years in prison, according his record from the Department of Corrections.

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