Trials

Tajh Ross sentenced to life in prison for Latasha Roundtree's death 

CEDAR RAPIDS — Reginald Williams said in a victim’s impact statement Friday that Tajh Ross will never understand what this “senseless” tragedy has done to his family — “a death that never had to happen.&#x [...]

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Linn County trial involving HIV-related charge on hold  

CEDAR RAPIDS — A judge granted a motion of stay and delayed a trial set to start Monday for a man accused of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in 2011, which will allow his attorneys to file an interlocutory appeal with the Iowa Supreme Co [...]

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LIVE COVERAGE: Deliberations in Bryan Roche case

A Linn County jury resumes deliberations 9 a.m. Friday in the kidnapping, sex assault trial of Bryan Roche.

Roche, 22, of Marion, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse, attempted murder and willful injury causi [...]

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Bryan Roche guilty of lesser charges, defense says in closing argument

CEDAR RAPIDS — Bryan Roche is guilty as charged, Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden said Thursday in his closing argument.

The crimes charged — first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse, attempted murder and will [...]

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LIVE COVERAGE: Closing arguments in Bryan Roche trial

CEDAR RAPIDS — Closing arguments start at 9:30 a.m. in the kidnapping, sex assault trial of Bryan Roche in Linn County District Court.

Roche, 22, of Marion, is charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse, attempte [...]

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Bryan Roche confesses during police interview

CEDAR RAPIDS — Bryan Roche said during a police interview that he thought the 20-year-old woman he sexually assaulted and stabbed in the neck and stomach was going to die April 21, 2013. 

Cedar Rapids police Investigator Douglas [...]

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Cedar Rapids woman suffered serious stab wounds, doctor testifies

CEDAR RAPIDS — A 21-year-old Cedar Rapids woman testified Tuesday that Bryan Roche, a man she regarded as a friend, repeatedly sexually assaulted her, choked her and stabbed her twice in 2013.

She said Roche, 22, came to her apartmen [...]

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Opening statements begin Tuesday in Linn County kidnapping, sex assault trial 

CEDAR RAPIDS — A Linn County jury was seated at the end of the day Monday and testimony will start Tuesday in the trial for a 22-year-old Marion man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman he met through social media last year [...]

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Kalona lawyer accused of harassing juror

CORALVILLE — A Kalona attorney who was convicted of disorderly conduct earlier this year is accused of harassing a juror in that case.

According to Coralville police criminal complaints, officers responded to an address in Coralville [...]

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Replay live coverage: Closing arguments in Tajh Ross Murder Trial

Closing arguments start at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the murder trial of Tajh Ross, 20, who is accused of shooting and killing Latasha Roundtree, 19, of Cedar Rapids,  Sept. 22, 2012.

Join Gazette Reporter Trish Mehaffey's  live coverage from the [...]

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Closing arguments postponed in Tajh Ross murder trial

Closing arguments in the Tajh Ross murder trial were postponed this morning and reset to 9 a.m. Tuesday in Linn County District Court.

Ross, 20, is on trial for first-degree murder, intimidation with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commi [...]

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Trial begins for woman accused of kidnapping infant, leaving him outside West Branch store

The trial for a woman who is accused of abandoning her nephew at a West Branch gas station has begun.

Jury selection began on Monday in the federal trial of Kristen Smith, a Colorado woman who faces one count of kidnapping. Smith is accused [...]

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Tajh Ross testifies shooting wasn’t intentional

Tajh Ross testified Friday he knew he didn’t shoot Latasha Roundtree Sept. 22, 2012 because he shot over the car.

Ross, who rested his chin on his left hand throughout his testimony, said he never shot at the car that night.

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Replay live coverage: Tajh Ross murder trial In Linn County District Court

The defense begins its case at 9 a.m. Friday in the murder trial of Tajh Ross, 20, who is accused of shooting and killing Latasha Roundtree, 19, of Cedar Rapids, Sept. 22, 2012.

Join Gazette Reporter Trish Mehaffey's continuing live covera [...]

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Replay live coverage: Tajh Ross murder trial, day 8

The prosecution continues its case 9 a.m. Thursday in the murder trial of Tajh Ross, 20, who is accused of shooting and killing Latasha Roundtree, 19, of Cedar Rapids, Sept. 22, 2012.

Join Gazette Reporter Trish Mehaffey's continuing live [...]

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