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Cedar Rapids woman extradited to Iowa to face charges in fatal shooting
CEDAR RAPIDS — A Cedar Rapids woman was extradited this week from Illinois to face multiple charges in the January fatal shooting of a man found lying in the street in southeast Cedar Rapids.
Pierra T. Baugh, 33, is formally charged with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery armed with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, all felonies, and accessory after the fact, a misdemeanor.
She is accused of participating with Kazius Childress, 22, of Davenport, in the robbing and kiling of Cordal Lewis, 19, on Jan. 27. Childress was charged in May with first-degree murder and going armed with intent.
Baugh was arrested on a warrant Nov. 10 by U.S. marshals in Illinois, at the same time Qiuinyana Nare Jones, 23, who was also charged with aiding and abetting Baugh and Childress, was arrested in Cedar Rapids.
According to criminal complaint, police acquired a surveillance video that showed Baugh aided and abetted and was directly involved in the robbery that led to Childress fatally shooting Lewis in the 300 block of 31st Street Dr. SE. She also participated in the robbery of Lewis with Childress.
Police found Lewis with a gunshot injury, lying in the street outside that residence about 2:39 p.m., a complaint stated. He died at the scene.
Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks said he had consulted with police on how the investigation had continued since Childress’ arrest. Additional surveillance videos led to the arrests of Baugh and Jones, he said.
According to a complaint, Baugh and Childress conspired to rob Lewis. She searched and took property from Lewis while Childress assaulted, threatened and “put him in fear of immediate serious injury while armed with a firearm.”
Baugh also helped in the fatal shooting and helped Childress avoid arrest by telling police she had no knowledge of who killed Lewis, the complaint stated.
A video showed Baugh being near Lewis and Childress when Childress pulled the trigger, according to a complaint. The video also showed Baugh attempting to conceal the handgun, the complaint stated.
The gun used in the shooting was found during a search of the home on 31st Street Drive SE, according to a criminal complaint.
The criminal complaint filed for Jones stated she was aiding and abetting Childress and Baugh by driving them to the house to rob Lewis and that she witnessed the robbery.
Jones, according to video surveillance, was standing by Childress, who was armed with a handgun and arguing with Lewis when Childress shot him, the complaint stated.
A video showed Jones driving Childress away from the residence and then returning so Childress could remove evidence from Lewis’ body. She then drove Childress from the scene and concealed his whereabouts.
Jones was charged Thursday with first-degree robbery/inflict or attempt serious injury or armed with dangerous weapon, all felonies, and accessory after the fact, an aggravated misdemeanor.
Childress also is charged in the fatal shooting of Kavon I. Johnson, 22, on Jan. 28, the day after Lewis was shot.
His trial is set for April 18 in Lewis’ murder and May 16 in Johnson’s slaying.
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