Trial begins for Sioux City man accused of double homicide

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KCAU) – The trial of a Sioux City man accused of killing two people in January of 2018, is underway. Ten witnesses took the stand Thursday morning with district court judge Tod Deck presiding over the bench trial.

Tran Walker, 19, is being tried on two counts of first-degree murder. He’s accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, Paiten Sullivan and a mutual friend, Felipe Negron Jr.

“It was not the ‘I love you’ that he used to tell me when he was happy or sad. That’s when I realized there was something wrong,” said Edwina Rodrequiz.

That’s how Felipe Negron Jr’s mother described her son’s last words to her. Negron called his mother after being stabbed.

Prosecutors also called Taylor Saraff and Luis Bernal to the stand. The two men were first on the scene of the stabbing on January 28, 2018.  

“He told me his name was Felipe but the thing is I didn’t know anything was wrong with him at the moment. I thought he was just scared and distressed, but he also told me the other person was Tran Walker,” said Saraff.

“I asked him what had happened. He gave me the name Tran Walker, and I just kind of felt like he wasn’t injured so bad,” said Bernal

Both men testified that, after speaking with Negron, they turned their attention to Paiten Sullivan who was bleeding from her neck. It was at that point, Michael Hayden testified that she arrived on the scene and began to help Negron. 

“He said he had been stabbed and I said, ‘Okay, where?’ and he said his chest, so I lifted up his shirt and a bunch of blood gushed out so I put the shirt back down and just pressed on his wound,” said Hayden.

Attorneys for Tran Walker cross-examined first responders, who arrived on the scene later, questioning whether they could have done more to save Sullivan and Negron.

Testimony is expected to continue Friday morning. If convicted, Walker faces life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

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