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LIVE COVERAGE: Tajh Ross Murder Trial

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    July 25, 2014 | 9:31 am

    The defense begins its case at 9 a.m. Friday in the murder trial of Tajh Ross, 20, who is accused of shooting and killing Latasha Roundtree, 19, of Cedar Rapids, Sept. 22, 2012.

    Join Gazette Reporter Trish Mehaffey's continuing live coverage from the courtroom in the bench or non-jury trial. Followers can provide comments and ask questions during the trial.

    Ross, charged with first-degree murder, is accused of shooting Roundtree as she was a passenger in a car, heading to a party that night. He also faces charges of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and going armed with intent. According to the prosecution, Ross armed himself with a .40 caliber handgun and fired into the car. Four other defendants who have pleaded to lesser charges in this case testified against Ross;

    According to court records, the defense plans to claim the shooting was in self-defense or in defense of another.

    Live coverage begins at 9 a.m.