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Blood Stained Items Recovered from Murder Victim's Home

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa Bedsheets and pillow cases with blood stains were recovered by police from the apartment of murder victim Doris Bevins, according to a search warrant filed Friday.

The blood stains were found on two bedsheets, two pillow cases, a watch band, a shirt and inside a window pane of the storm door at Bevins' residence, 1211 5th Ave. SE, #2, according to an evidence log sheet included in the search warrant filed in Linn County District Court.

Bevins, 68, was found unconscious on her bedroom floor with flannel pants wrapped around her neck Sunday evening, according to the search warrant. Bevins died Monday at Mercy Medical Center.

Jerome Power, 48, who lived upstairs in Apt. 5, from Bevins, was charged Monday with first-degree murder in the case.

Police found Power hiding behind the entry door when they broke a pane of glass from the locked front door after seeing Bevins lying on the floor, according to the search warrant.

Police responded to the residence after a friend was talking to Bevins on the phone and overheard her drop the phone and scream, according to the search warrant.

Investigators have not released any details about what they believe happened inside the apartment, except to say they think she was strangled.

The cause of death hasn't been released. Cedar Rapids Police Sgt. Joe Clark didn't return a phone message left Friday afternoon.

Other items collected by police from Bevins' residence was a Social Security card belonging to Power and a set of dentures a top denture found on the floor by a couch and the bottom denture found on at the foot of the bed on the floor, according to the search warrant.

Three people told Monday they were aware of friction between Bevins, who is disabled, and Power and his girlfriend, who lived together in an upstairs unit.

Power's girlfriend, Mary Meier, said Monday she didn't believe Power could hurt anyone, but acknowledged the rocky relationship with Bevins.

Power has a lengthy criminal history, according to online court records. He has some previous convictions for burglary and robbery.

He remains in the Linn County Jail on $1 million cash bond.

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