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Curtis Jones, charged with killing Iowa City cabdriver, withdraws all pending motions

Trial to start April 9 in Scott County District Court#xa0;

Curtis Jones is photographed during a pretrial conference at the Johnson County Courthouse in Iowa City on Sept. 8. Jones is accused of killing Iowa City cabdriver Ricky Lillie on June 27. His murder trial is set to begin on April 9 in Scott County District Court. The trial was moved out of Johnson County due to extensive pretrial publicity. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — With new lawyers representing him, a man accused of fatally shooting an Iowa City cabdriver in June withdrew all his pending motions during a hearing Friday, including one that asked for a taped interview he gave to police to be suppressed at trial.

Curtis C. Jones, 41, is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the fatal shooting of Ricky Lillie, 46. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole on the murder charge and 25 years on the robbery charge.

Iowa City police said Jones entered Lillie’s cab in Iowa City sometime around 11 p.m. on June 27. Lillie then drove Jones to the 500 block of Ernest Street on the south side of town and Jones shot him in the head, according to a criminal complaint.

Lillie’s body was discovered during the early morning hours of June 28, authorities said.

During the short hearing on Friday, 6th Judicial District Judge Chad Kepros confirmed Jones’ trial has been reset to April 9 in Scott County District Court. Kepros previously granted moving the trial from Johnson County to Scott County because of extensive pretrial publicity.

Doug Davis, Jones’ new public defender, said he and the other public defender, Nekeidra Tucker, are still reviewing evidence in the case, and he withdrew all the pending motions filed by Jones’ previous lawyers.

One motion asked the court to suppress statements Jones made to police regarding a different homicide investigation involving the death of Jonathan Wieseler, 34, a bail bondsman who was shot to death April 23 at Lederman Bail Bonds in Iowa City. Jones isn’t charged in that case.

Kepros also set new deadlines for any new motions and set a case management conference for Feb. 2 in Johnson County District Court.

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