Judge Severs Trials for Two Cousins Accused of Killing a Man Last Year
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Two cousins accused of killing a man in November will have separate trials, likely early next year, a judge ruled Wednesday.
Justin Ross, 18, of Cedar Rapids, filed a motion to sever his first-degree murder trial from Donovan Ross, 19, of Hiawatha, also charged with first-degree murder. They are accused of fatally shooting Andre Herron, 30, who was found dead on 7th Street SW, Nov. 26, 2011.
Todd Weimer, Donovan Ross’s public defender, and Assistant Linn County Attorney Jason Besler didn’t resist separating the trials.
During the hearing Wednesday, both defendants also waived their one year speedy trial right.
According to the criminal complaint, Justin Ross shot Herron with a .45 caliber revolver, causing his death, according to a criminal complaint.
Donovan Ross aided and abetted or caused the death of Herron, according to a separate criminal complaint. He shot a .22 caliber revolver at Herron with the intent to kill him, along with Justin Ross.
Multiple witnesses placed Donovan and Justin Ross at the scene when Herron was shot, according to a search warrant.
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