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Tajh Ross Trial: Day 2

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Day 2 of the Tajh Ross murder trial brought yet another day of compelling audio. A 911 call from Neil Clark, a passenger in the car with Latasha Roundtree, was played.

"We heard a gunshot, a pause, and realized Latasha got shot," Ross said.

Audio wasn't the only compelling piece of media, however. Investigator Craig von Sprecken from the Cedar Rapids Police Department collected pieces of video from around the city from the night of the shooting - including video from Mercy Hospital.

Assistant Linn County Attorney Laurie Craig: Who do we see on that video," asked 

Von Sprecken: We're gonna see Haley McConnell, Neil Clark, and Latasha Roundtree.

In the video, you see Clark running in for help. Soon after, a scramble of doctors and nurses, as McConnell falls hysterically to her knees. Then you see Latasha being wheeled in - unresponsive.

Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks: You guys were just looking for a party that night.

Clark:  Yeah.

Both the prosecution and defense spent the day trying to piece together what happened as they were looking for that party.

Alexus Omar says she was at the party on 649 16th Avenue Southwest that September night.

Omar:  I remember at some point later in the night, before the cars started coming, that someone said they're gonna shoot up the house.

Omar says Ross and friends armed themselves with weapons after the rumors started. She says Ross was wearing a clown costume the night of the shooting, a detail the defense latched on to.

They say details from an early deposition from Omar didn't match the testimony she gave Wednesday, like when he was wearing the costume, or where Ross put the gun after the shooting.

Public Defender Doug Davis: In our opinion, things are different than you reported in December aren't they?

Omar: Yes.

However, Omar says the core pieces of her story really haven't changed.

Davis:  What is it you said differently today? Do you even know?

Omar:  There are things I couldn't remember then that I remember now.

Thursday, two of the defendants who pleaded guilty in the case are set to testify.  Follow us at https://twitter.com/cbs2iowa and https://twitter.com/JasonHackett2 for updates directly from the courtroom.
 
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