CBS 2 - Search Results
Tajh Ross Murder Trial Opening Statements Today
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Accused murderer Tajh Ross trial begins Tuesday afternoon.
Last Friday, nearly two years after first being charged with the murder of Latasha Roundtree, Ross made a surprising request; the 20-year-old asked to delay his trial, and after a judge denied that request Ross then asked for a bench trial, a trial without a jury.
That request was granted and opening statements will begin at 1pm Tuesday.
Prosecutors will argue it was Ross who fired a gun at a car on 16th Avenue Southwest in September 2012, killing Roundtree who was a passenger.
Police say Ross wasn't alone that night; four other men have pleaded guilty to lesser charges for the shooting, and are expected to testify against Ross during his trial.
Roundtree was on her way to a party that night, and her father says he doesn't know why the men chose to fire at that car. However, he has said the men were acquaintances of his daughter, telling us they even attended a memorial service for her.
According to those who knew her, Roundtree was a "basketball star" and a graduate of Washington High School in Cedar Rapids.
Ross is charged with first degree murder and if he is found guilty he faces life in prison without parole.