Questions Remain in Jerome Power Murder Trial

By Trish Mehaffey, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The jury continues to deliberate in the murder trial of Jerome Power, 50, who is accused of strangling to death his neighbor Doris Bevins, 68, in 2010.

The jurors just had two questions regarding what time Bevins was talking on the phone with her friend Philp Bemer as she was attacked and what time Bemer called 911 to report it.

The attorneys and judge sent a note back saying all the evidence has been submitted and they can't give further information.

Bemer testified he called 911 as soon as he overheard Bevins screaming and telling someone to "get out."

Cedar Rapids Police Officer Sarah Lacina testified she was the first one on the scene and she got there about 45 seconds after the 911 call came in.

The jurors may be attempting to determine if someone else had time to leave the residence before police arrived, as Power claimed.

Power said he didn't kill Bevins and blamed the crime on two other men.

Police testified the two others Power accused were investigated and neither were ever suspects in this crime.

Bevins was found by police Sept. 19, 2010 unconscious lying on the floor with pajama pants tightly tied around her neck, according to testimony. She died the next day. The cause of death was ligature strangulation.

Power was inside hiding by an entry door when police had to break a window to get into the locked apartment, according to testimony. Police testified they shouted repeatedly, pounded on the door and even kicked for about four minutes it in an attempt to get in the deadbolt locked door. Power didn't let them inside.
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