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Tajh Ross Trial: Day 3
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Day 3 of the State of Iowa vs. Tajh Ross actually brought another name into the picture - 24 year old Adrian Kenney.
Kenney, a co-defendant in the case, was actually living with fellow co-defendants Yasin and Liban Muhidin. He's 24 years old, and is charged with perjury and accessory after the fact. He also has a learning disability - something that was brought up in court. It affects his ability to remember things, but he says he was prepared to answer the questions.
Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks: Mr. Kenney, do you remember going to what you thought was a party on the night of the 22nd with Mr. Ross and the Muhidin brothers?
Kenney: Yes sir.
Kenney says the Party was held at the home of another co-defendant, Jeremiah Ellis. Kenney says he distinctly overheard what Jeremiah said.
Kenney: I think something is about to go down. I'm tired of these people jumping on me.
That's when he says the Muhidin brothers and Ross armed themselves.
Yasin Muhidin grabbed a 40 caliber pistol from a car trunk. But Ross snatched it away.
Kenney: Tajh was like no bitch no. You're too little for it.
He says Ellis fired the first shot, with a silver gun.
Then Ross fired the 40 caliber - towards Latasha's car.
Kenney: When the gunshots went off, everybody when crazy.
Kenney says he ran off, but remembers running meeting up with Taj and the others again- and recalls these chilling words.
Kenney: Tajh said I think...I think I killed 'em.
However Kenney says it's not the story he told investigators when he was arrested.
Public Defender Todd Weimer: You didn't tell the truth about your involvement in this case, correct?
Kenney: No sir.
Weimer: You denied being at the party. Correct?
Kenney: Yes sir.
Weimer: that first interview with law enforcement was a complete fabrication correct?
But he says he had a reason.
Kenney: I actually got threatened at 1407 Washington Ave SE.
He says that threat didn't come from the defendants, but it did target his loved ones.
Weimer: You didn't want anything to happen to your family, correct?
The trial will get underway again Friday at 9am. Several more witnesses are expected to be called to the stand we'll be in there as well. Follow us on twitter at https://twitter.com/cbs2iowa or https://twitter.com/JasonHackett2 for updates directly from the courtroom.