Man Jerome Power Accuses of Killing His Neighbor Denies Power's Claims

By Trish Mehaffey, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A man Jerome Power has accused of killing his neighbor, Doris Bevins, instead of him, testified Friday he "would never hurt that lady."

Terry Wilson, 58, of Cedar Rapids, said he had known Bevins, 68, for more than 10 years. He previously lived in the same apartment house she resided and lived just down the street from her apartment when she was assaulted Sept. 19, 2010.

Power, 50, of Cedar Rapids, charged with first-degree murder in the strangulation death of Bevins, told police he didn't kill Bevins and has accused Wilson and another man.

The prosecution rested this morning and the defense will start its case 1 p.m. in Linn County District Court. Closing arguments will likely be Monday morning.

Reporter Trish Mehaffey will resume her live coverage from the courtroom when court starts this afternoon.

Wilson said he was at home watching television and helping one of his roommates clean Sept. 19, 2010. He went to bed about 11 p.m. Police came to his house about 3 a.m. and asked him to come to the police department for questioning.

Wilson said he didn't know anything about the assault of Bevins at the time and agreed to go with police. He again admitted that he didn't kill Bevins.

Power claimed Wilson had been evicted from the apartment house where he and Bevins lived and was living in the basement, according to trial testimony. He said Wilson and Bevins had argued over a puppy Wilson was keeping in the basement and Wilson was angry.

Wilson testified he was storing some of his belongings in the basement but was living down the street with two other people.

According to police interview video played Thursday, Power said he saw Wilson leaving Bevins' that night when he found Bevins lying unconscious on the floor of her apartment.

Power also sent a letter to an investigator in 2011 accusing a different man of killing Bevins, according to trial testimony. Police questioned this man and Wilson and determined neither were suspects in this case.

Police found Power hiding behind the entry door of Bevins' locked apartment after receiving a 911 call from her friend who was talking on the phone with her when she was attacked.
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