Suspect in Latasha Roundtree Murder Takes Plea Deal
By Trish Mehaffey, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- One of the defendants who participated in a shooting that resulted in the death of a 19-year-old former Washington High School girls basketball player pleaded guilty Wednesday in Linn County District Court.
Liban Muhidin, 20, of Cedar Rapids, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and faces up to 10 years in prison. He conspired with four others to arm themselves and shoot at a vehicle they knew was coming to a party in the 600 block of 16th Ave. SW on Sept. 22, 2012. Latasha Roundtree of Cedar Rapids was a passenger in the car and was killed that night. There were also others, not identified, in the car with her that night.
Liban Muhidin admitted the conspiracy to investigators and the fact that he previously had an AK-47 and a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol, First Assistant Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks said. He also told investigators he and his brother, Yasin Muhidin, who's also charged, coordinated together to bring the firearms to the party that night.
Maybanks said Liban Muhidin admitted to placing the AK-47 across the street in a yard so another co-conspirator could use it in the shooting. Liban Muhidin also told police a false story to cover up his and others' involvement that night, which was part of the conspirators' agreement.
Maybanks said the conditions of the agreement are that Liban Muhidin must submit to any police interviews regarding his and other defendants' participation in the crime, provide truthful testimony during each of the defendants' trials. Maybanks will also dismiss the other two charges of perjury and accessory after the fact at the time of sentencing if he complies with all the conditions of the plea agreement.
His sentencing is set Sept. 10.
Other co-defendants in the case:
-Tajh Ross, 18, is charged with first-degree murder, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and going armed with intent. He is accused of shooting a firearm into the car, according to a criminal complaint.
-Jeremiah Ellis, 18, of Cedar Rapids, is charged with first-degree murder, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and going armed with intent. He is accused of firing weapons into the car, according to a criminal complaint.
-Adrian M. Kenney, 22, of Cedar Rapids, is charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, trafficking in stolen weapons, perjury and accessory after the fact. Kenney is accused of being involved in the planning of the crime, supplying stolen firearms for the crime, disposing of evidence, helping others flee from the scene.
-Yasin Muhidin, 17, of unknown address, is charged with first-degree murder, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, trafficking in stolen weapons, going armed with intent and conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, an aggravated misdemeanor. He is accused of killing Roundtree or aiding and abetting another who killed her, according to a criminal complaint. He also is accused of supplying the firearm or aiding and abetting another who supplied the firearm used in the shooting.
All the defendants are accused of providing false information to the Linn County Attorney's Office during depositions, according to the criminal complaints.
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