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Iowa murder suspect pours water on attorney’s head

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 11:23 a.m. CST

CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) — A suspect on trial for first-degree murder in the death of a Cedar Rapids woman has poured a cup of water on the head of one of his attorneys.

The Gazette reported that Jerome Power poured the water on attorney Steve Addington as jurors were being excused Monday to start deliberations. Power then told Addington that the case “should have been a mistrial” and, “You sold me out!”

Deputies led Power out of the courtroom after the incident.

He is charged with killing 68-year-old Doris Bevins in her Cedar Rapids home. Police say officers found the woman unconscious in her home with flannel pants wrapped around her neck.

Power has maintained his innocence. Earlier in the trial, he held a sign in the courtroom claiming someone else killed Bevins.