CEDAR RAPIDS — The murder trial for a 17-year-old accused of shooting a 21-year-old man and injuring another teen in 2016 has been reset to October 15 in Linn County District Court.
Lawyers for Kenyauta Vesey-Keith asked the court last week to continue his trial because they wanted more time to prepare a defense in light of gaining access to additional police reports. The trial was previously set to start Jan. 29.
Vesey-Keith, of Cedar Rapids, is charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder, willful injury causing serious injury and intimidation with a weapon. He is accused of fatally shooting Brandon Johnson, also of Cedar Rapids, on March 19, 2016.
Johnson was killed during a fight in the 1100 block of Maplewood Drive NE, a criminal complaint shows. At least a dozen people, adults and juveniles, were fighting that day in the middle of the street.
Police say Vesey-Keith, who was 16 at the time, got a gun from a vehicle, fired multiple rounds, with bullets hitting two people. Johnson was killed and Deaveon Gaudlin, 16 at the time, was seriously injured.
The 2016 fatal shooting was a continuation of a dispute that began with a brawl in the Lindale Mall food court in February 2014, police said. That mall fight turned into an ongoing rivalry between two families and their friends.
Vesey-Keith’s mother, Saresa Keith, 39, was convicted of child endangerment and assault causing bodily injury for her participation in the street fight. She received a suspended jail sentence and two years probation in November.
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