Public Safety

Arrest made in Iowa City homicide investigation

IOWA CITY — An arrest has been made in connection with an Iowa City homicide.

Durojaiye A. Rosa, 22, of Iowa City, faces one count of first-degree murder in the April shooting death of 21-year-old Kejuan Winters. Police said they still are searching for a person of interest in the case — Reginald “Reggie” Little, 44.

First responders were called to 1960 Broadway St.— Rosa’s residence — at 9:55 a.m. April 20 for a report of a disturbance, according to a police criminal complaint. Police said gunshots could be heard on the call.

Police found Winters suffering from gunshot wounds. He later died at the scene.

Police said Rosa and a woman also were at the residence. They gave police a description of the shooter and said the shooter had been arguing with Winters before they heard shots. The criminal complaint did not identify the person accused of being the shooter.

However, cellphone records show Rosa had been in contact with the shooter about going into the apartment just before shots were fired. In a subsequent interview with police, Rosa admitted he and the shooter plotted to rob Winters. Rosa told police he did not intend for Winters to be fatally shot.

The case has spurred additional arrests. Tyris D. Winters, 41, and Tony M. Watkins, 39, were arrested on attempted murder charges after confronting another person about the homicide and shooting that person in the head and foot. Tyris Winters is Kejuan Winters’ father.

Police also said Jordan R. Hogan, 21, helped a suspect in the homicide avoid arrest. Hogan faces one count of obstructing prosecution.

First-degree murder is a Class A felony punishable by an automatic life sentence.

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