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Cody Stevenson trial day 4: live coverage from the courtroom

Johnson County Chief Public Defender Peter Persaud (right) talks to Cody Stevenson during his first degree murder trial at the Linn County Courthouse in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Stevenson is accused of punching his girlfriend’s child in the abdomen multiple times on June 30, 2017, according to the criminal complaint. The trial was moved from Iowa County due to pre-trial publicity. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Johnson County Chief Public Defender Peter Persaud (right) talks to Cody Stevenson during his first degree murder trial at the Linn County Courthouse in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Stevenson is accused of punching his girlfriend’s child in the abdomen multiple times on June 30, 2017, according to the criminal complaint. The trial was moved from Iowa County due to pre-trial publicity. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

The trial of Cody Stevenson began Tuesday, Jan. 29. Reporter Trish Mehaffey continues to live-tweet from the courtroom. 

Stevenson is accused of punching his girlfriend’s child in the abdomen multiple times on June 30, 2017, according to the criminal complaint. The toddler, Izabella “Bella” Loffer, died from injuries July 3, police said.

Testimony from Thursday included a professor of psychology and social behavior who testified that false confessions sometimes happen when a person wants to avoid worse consequences or to protect someone else, as Stevenson is claiming.

Read the live tweets below:

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