CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa The trial of Tajh Ross, 20, charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of Latasha Roundtree, 19, of Cedar Rapids, starts 1 p.m Tuesday, July 15, in Linn County District Court.
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Ross is accused of shooting Roundtree as she was a passenger in a car, heading to a party, Sept. 22, 2012. He also faces charges of intimidation with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony and going armed with intent. According to previous hearings for Ross and four other defendants, who have pleaded to lesser charges, others in car that night were the target in this planned shooting but Roundtree was the victim who later died from gunshot wounds.
The four defendants who have pleaded in the case will testify against Ross during the trial, as part of their plea agreements.
A sixth defendant, Alleigha Church-Green, 19, Canton, Ohio, was the last one charged in May. She faces five charges - accessory after the fact, perjury, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, obstruction prosecution and false reports. She is accused of driving the other defendants from the scene of the crime, helping them avoid arrest and providing false information to police and the county attorney. Church-Green’s trial has not yet been set.