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Tajh Ross found guilty of Roundtree murder

A judge late Friday afternoon found 20-year-old Tajh Ross of Cedar Rapids guilty of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Latasha Roundtree in 2012.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Robert Sosalla said Ross made a series of deliberate acts — crossing the street, positioning himself out of view of the cart, taking aim at the car, making sure his friend was out of the way and pulling the trigger.

“Each of those decisions required some deliberation on his part,” Sosalla said in his ruling. “Each reflects the presence of malice aforethought and premeditation.  Finally, Ross took each of these actions intentionally, with a fixed purpose, and not accidentally.”

Sosalla found Ross guilty of first-degree murder, going armed with intent and intimidation with a dangerous weapon. He found him not guilty of the fourth charge, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony.

Ross faces life in prison without parole.  His sentencing is set Oct. 3, in Linn County District Court.

Ross shot and killed Roundtree while she was a passenger in a car Sept. 22, 2012.  She was with two friends as they were headed to a party where Ross was also that night.  Roundtree wasn’t targeted that night but Ross admitted during the trial to shooting at the car.  According to evidence, Ross was the only one with the .40 caliber weapon that night and that gun, recovered at the scene, was the murder weapon.

posted : August, 9th by KXEL


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