Trial Reset for Man Accused of Strangling Neighbor

By Trish Mehaffey, Reporter

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By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – The first-degree murder trial of Jerome Power, accused of strangling to death his elderly neighbor, is reset to April 13 in Linn County District Court.

Power, 49, of Cedar Rapids, is accused of killing Doris Bevins, 68, who was found by police unconscious with flannel pants wrapped around her neck Sept. 19, 2010 in her apartment, 1211 5th Ave. SE, #2.

When police smashed a window to enter Bevins locked apartment, they found Power, who lived downstairs, hiding inside behind the entry door. Bevins died from asphyxiation by strangulation, according to a medical examiner’s report.

Power told KCRG.com in a March jailhouse interview DNA tests prove he didn’t touch his neighbor and that he may have seen the real killer leaving her apartment that night.

Power mailed two pages of a DNA report conducted by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation to a reporter at SourceMedia, which stated no blood was found on or under Power’s fingernails.

A DCI spokesperson said the report wasn’t complete and she couldn’t verify if it was authentic.
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