Judge considers fate of 20-year-old accused of killing former Cedar Rapids basketball standout

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A Linn County judge is considering the fate of a 20-year-old man accused of killing a former women's basketball standout from Cedar Rapids.

Cedar Rapids television station KGAN says (http://bit.ly/1oKi8eC ) closing arguments were completed Tuesday in the nonjury trial of Tajh Ross. He was charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the September 2012 slaying of 19-year-old Latasha Roundtree.

During cross-examination, Ross admitted to prosecutors that he fired a weapon. But he also said he never intended to shoot at the car Roundtree was riding in and never intended to kill her. Roundtree played basketball for Cedar Rapids Washington.

Judge Robert Sosalla is expected to file his verdict in the next few weeks. Ross faces life in prison without parole if he's convicted.

Information from: KGAN-TV, http://www.kgan.com

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