Three Charged in Cedar Rapids Murder Make First Court Appearance
By Dave Franzman, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Three of the four people arrested in connection with the shooting death of Latasha Roundtree last September in Cedar Rapids made an initial appearance via video in Linn District Court Thursday morning.
Tajh Ross, 18, faces a charge of first degree murder along with conspiracy and going armed with intent charges. A criminal complaint accused Ross of shooting into a vehicle in the 600 block of 16th Avenue S.W. The complaint did not state why Ross allegedly fired a weapon or whether he was deliberately aiming at Roundtree.
Associate Judge Jane Spande set bond for Ross at $1 million with a preliminary hearing date of March 11. Preliminary hearings are typically canceled when the county attorney’s office files what’s known as trial information.
Liban Muhidin, 20, also made a video court appearance Thursday morning. Muhidin faces charges of conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, perjury and accessory after the fact. Adrian Kenney, 22, also faces those same perjury, conspiracy and accessory charges along with intimidation with a dangerous weapon and trafficking in stolen weapons.
The judge set bond for Muhidin and Kenney at $100,000 with the same preliminary hearing date of March 11.
Court documents for those two accuse them of supplying the weapons used in the shooting and planning the crime as well as lying to police and prosecutors and assisting the shooters in eluding capture.
Jeremiah Ellis, 18, was arrested in Rockford, Ill. He faces 1st degree murder, going armed and conspiracy charges. Assistant Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks said Ellis was set to appear in court in Illinois on Thursday. Iowa authorities will know after that appearance if Ellis plans to waive extradition and return immediately to Iowa.
Roundtree’s father Reggie Williams said authorities have not disclosed any more information about what brought on the shooting of his daughter last September. However, he said Thursday morning the family was satisfied with the process so far in the legal system. Williams had said Wednesday night that he recognized several of those accused as being associates of his daughter. He also said Kenney had appeared on his porch just two days after the shooting urging those present to help police find the killers.
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