Tajh Ross Murder Trial Set for Tuesday

By Larry Burkum, KCRG-TV9

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A judge, and not a jury, will decide if a 20-year-old man is guilty of fatally shooting Latasha Roundtree in Cedar Rapids nearly two years ago.

Jury selection was supposed to begin Monday in the first degree murder trial for Tajh Ross.

Friday, Ross asked for a continuance, which the judge denied. Ross then requested a bench trial, which the judge granted. It will begin with opening statements at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Prosecutors say it was Ross who fired a gun at a car in the 600 block of 16th Avenue Southwest in September 2012. The shot killed 19-year-old Latasha Roundtree who was a passenger in that car.

Four other men have all pleaded guilty to lesser charges for the shooting, and they will testify against Ross during his trial.

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