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Campbell’s Trial on Murder, Robbery Charges Begins in Waterloo

Eric Campbell listens to testimony during his trial on murder and robbery charges (Courtesy; Jeff Reinitz, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier).

The third murder trial stemming from an April 2016 robbery that left a Key West man dead is underway. Eric Campbell’s trial on 1st Degree Murder and Robbery charges began Tuesday in Black Hawk County District Court in Waterloo. The proceedings were moved there after Campbell’s lawyers successfully petitioned for a change of venue. Campbell is one of seven people who have faced charges in connection with the death of 21-year-old Collin Brown. During opening statements, the prosecuting attorney said that while Campbell didn’t shoot the victim or even plan to kill him, Campbell was the one who planned the robbery that brought the suspects to Brown’s mobile home. Prosecutors say Campbell and two other men broke into Brown’s trailer disguised in masks and holding guns. They demanded money and drugs. Brown eventually tried to escape, but was fatally shot by one of the other men as he reached a neighboring trailer. Those two other men – Imere Hall and Tacari Minifee – have both already been convicted on murder and robbery charges.

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