Jury weighing fate of Pedestrian Mall shooter

Lamar Wilson tried in Polk County on change of venue

Lamar Wilson walks into a Johnson County courtroom for an October hearing in the Aug. 27 shooting death of Kaleek Jones on the Iowa City Ped Mall. A Polk County jury is deliberating charges against him, following a trial that started Jan. 19. The jury did not reach a verdict Friday and will resume deliberations Monday. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Lamar Wilson walks into a Johnson County courtroom for an October hearing in the Aug. 27 shooting death of Kaleek Jones on the Iowa City Ped Mall. A Polk County jury is deliberating charges against him, following a trial that started Jan. 19. The jury did not reach a verdict Friday and will resume deliberations Monday. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

DES MOINES — The jury will continue its deliberations Monday in the first-degree murder trial that came out of the Iowa City Ped Mall shooting in August.

The jury deliberated the fate of Lamar Wilson, 21, of Iowa City, about two hours Friday, following nearly four hours of closing arguments in Polk County District Court.

Wilson, 21, is charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of intimidation with a dangerous weapon.

He is accused of fatally shooting Kaleek Jones, 22, of Iowa City, and injuring cousins Xavier Hicks and D’Andre Hicks in the Aug. 27 Ped Mall shootings.

The trial started Jan. 19, and testimony wrapped up Thursday. The trial was moved out of Johnson County because of pretrial publicity.


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Johnson County Attorney Janet Lyness said in her opening statement that Jones was killed and the Hicks cousins were injured because Wilson was angry over a Facebook post regarding a friend who had died in a car crash.

Lyness said the “peaceful, fun-loving atmosphere” of the Ped Mall changed in the early morning hours when Wilson and his friends collided with Jones and his friends.

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Matt Shimanovsky, Wilson’s lawyer, doesn’t argue that Wilson fired the shots. The question, he told the jury, was whether Wilson’s actions were reasonable.

Wilson fired his gun five times, Shimanovsky said, but “was Wilson in reasonable fear of safety when he fired?”

Wilson is claiming he was justified in the shooting, under Iowa’s new “stand-your-ground” law, because he was defending himself against what he perceived as “deadly force.”

Sixth Judicial District Paul Miller will determine if Wilson should have immunity under the law after the jury reaches its verdict on the charges.

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