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CEDAR RAPIDS — Testimony continues Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Dimione Walker, who is charged with killing a Cedar Rapids man April 10 inside the Taboo Nightclub & Lounge.
The prosecution continues its case at 9 a.m. The trial is expected to last all week.
Walker, 29, of Coralville, is accused of fatally shooting Michael Valentine, 25, at the downtown Cedar Rapids club. Another man, Timothy Rush, 32, of Cedar Rapids, is charged with killing Nicole Owens, 35, and Marvin L. Cox, 31. Ten people were also injured in the shooting.
Walker is charged with first-degree murder, going armed with intent and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
A prosecutor, during her opening statement Monday, said as soon as Walker saw Valentine in the club, he started watching Valentine. Walker moved closer to him, turned away, and then spun around and fired multiple times at Valentine.
The defense, during its opening, said Walker did shoot Valentine but it was in self-defense. She said there have been previous shooting incidents between Walker and Valentine. Walker had no choice but to protect himself against Valentine, Walker’s lawyer said.
Gazette reporter Trish Mehaffey will continue her live coverage of the trial from the courtroom.
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