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Jury Selection Underway in Linn Co. Attempted Murder Trial

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Jury selection started this morning in an attempted murder trial for a Cedar Rapids man who is accused of attacking and stabbing his neighbor who offered him a ride, instead of money.

Theodore Gathercole, 51, is charged with attempted murder, first-degree robbery and willful injury. He is accused of stabbing Frederick Rottmiller several times, causing life-threatening injuries, as Rottmiller was walking with Gathercole to his car in the 1500 block alley between 1st and 2nd Avenue SE, June 16, 2013, according to a criminal complaint. Gathercole asked Rottmiller for money for transportation but Rottmiller agreed to give him a ride and Gathercole attacked him.

Rottmiller identified his neighbor, Gathercole, as being the man who stabbed him multiple times in the face, throat and stomach, according to a criminal complaint. Rottmiller, who suffered a spinal injury and is in a wheelchair as a result of the stabbing, will testify this week during the trial.

According to the complaint, Rottmiller's wallet had been removed from him during the attack and he was left in the alley until the early morning hours the next day when a passerby saw him and called police.

According previous hearings, Gathercole claims he wasn't the person who attacked Rottmiller.

Testimony will likely start Tuesday and the trial is expected to last through Friday.

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