Murder suspect pours water on his attorney in court

Jerome Power pours water on Steve Addington 
By: Sanvi Rizvi 

A murder suspect who was on trial, was not happy with his attorney, so he poured a cup of water on his attorney’s head, according to press reports.

Just moments before jurors were excused from the jury room in the first degree murder trial, Jerome Power of Iowa, took a cup filled with water and poured it casually on his lawyer’s head.

Power, 50, was later found guilty of murder, soaked lawyer Steve Addington, said.

"It should have been a mistrial," Power allegedly said after pouring the water. "You sold me out," he also claimed.

Deputies responded quickly. The jury in Cedar Rapids, returned a guilty verdict in the murder case. Power was convicted of first degree murder for the death of Doris Bevins.

Power was accused of strangling Bevins at her home. Police found Power behind the apartment door as they responded to a 911 call from Bevins' friend, who was talking to her on the phone when she was assaulted.

Prosecutors said that Bevins, who was 68 years old, was strangled with pajama pants in her apartment. They believe that the incident started off as a robbery.

They found Bevins' cellphone and charger in his pocket. Power told police he found Bevins unconscious. His defense lawyer told the jury that there was no physical evidence, including DNA pointing to Power.



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