Man charged in Cedar Rapids fatal shooting claiming self-defense

Quarzone Martin trial set for December

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This guardrail at the southwest Cedar Rapids Walmart is shown July 3, the day after a car crashed into it after a shooting that killed one man and injured another. Quarzone Martin, 25, is charged in that incident and is to go on trial Dec. 11 in Linn County District Court.
Liz Martin/The Gazette This guardrail at the southwest Cedar Rapids Walmart is shown July 3, the day after a car crashed into it after a shooting that killed one man and injured another. Quarzone Martin, 25, is charged in that incident and is to go on trial Dec. 11 in Linn County District Court.

CEDAR RAPIDS — A man charged in the fatal shooting of Andrew Meeks Jr. on July 2 will claim self-defense, his attorneys said Thursday.

Quarzone E. Martin, 25, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, going armed with intent and willful injury causing serious injury. His trial is scheduled to begin Dec. 11 in Linn County District Court.

Police said Meeks, 26, and Johnny Moore Jr., 30, were in a car that, after shots were fired, crashed into a guard rail at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in southwest Cedar Rapids. Moore survived.

Sara Smith, Martin’s lawyer, said the only obstacle that might delay the trial concerns locating one witness and motions that could still be filed.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Patrick Grady set another pretrial hearing for Dec. 1.

Court documents filed in Martin’s bond review reveal Martin got into the vehicle driven by Meeks, with Moore as a passenger, in the Walmart parking lot. Moore drove around the parking lot and, at one point, Martin briefly got out. He then jumped back into the car, it rolled into a guardrail and Martin jumped out, dropping his cellphone in the process, according to the document.

When police arrived, Martin was gone. Meeks was dying from a gunshot wound to his neck. And Moore had a gunshot wound to his chest from a bullet that apparently had gone through the car’s front passenger seat, the document states.

U.S. marshals arrested Martin in Chicago on Sept. 22.

Martin remains in jail under a $300,000 bond pending trial. If convicted of first-degree murder, he will be sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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