Judge agrees to separate gang charge from others for Ped Mall shooting suspect

Judge agrees to separate gang charge from others for Ped Mall shooting suspect
Podhajsky
01/12/18

A judge has granted an Iowa City’s man request to have a gang charge severed from several others in a fatal shooting on the Ped Mall.
 
Judge Paul Miller granted the motion to sever a Criminal Gang Participation charge filed against 24-year-old Lamar Wilson of Arizona Avenue on Thursday after Wilson agreed to waive his right to a speedy trial on that charge only.
 
Miller had denied a similar motion in November, rejecting Wilson’s attorney’s argument the gang charge is unrelated to the shooting. The gang charge was filed nearly two months after Wilson’s arrest.
 
The new ruling comes following the deposition of several witnesses in the case.
 
While he allowed the severing of that charge – which carries with it a prison sentence of up to five years – he did not immediately set a trial date. Trial on the original six charges, which include 1st Degree Murder, remains set for Jan. 22 in Polk County.
 
Wilson is accused of shooting three people near the Ped Mall breezeway early the morning of Aug. 27, killing 22-year-old Kaleek Jones of Iowa City. Wilson’s attorneys are claiming self-defense, including the state’s “stand your ground” law approved by the state legislature last year.
 
If convicted on the murder charge, Wilson would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.
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Location : Iowa CityPolk County
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