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Lawyer for Iowa City Ped Mall shooting suspect wants review of Cedar Rapids shooting records

Claims people from Cedar Rapids shooting are witnesses in Iowa City case

Lamar Wilson (from left) talks with his attorney, John Bruzek, after a hearing at the Johnson Country Courthouse in Iowa City on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. Wilson is charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, three counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and criminal gang participation. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Lamar Wilson (from left) talks with his attorney, John Bruzek, after a hearing at the Johnson Country Courthouse in Iowa City on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. Wilson is charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, three counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and criminal gang participation. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — A lawyer for Lamar Wilson, charged in a fatal shooting on the Iowa City Ped Mall in August, asked a judge Monday to review police investigation records from a Cedar Rapids shooting because it involves some people who are witnesses in the Iowa City case.

John Bruzek, Wilson’s lawyer, argued he thinks a shooting in Cedar Rapids on Oct. 22, after the Ped Mall fatal shooting Aug. 27, could be relevant to the Iowa City case because some of the same individuals are involved. He said he is not asking to see the police files himself, but asked 6th Judicial District Judge Paul Miller to review the files and determine if they should be available as evidence in the Ped Mall case.

Wilson, 21, is charged with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder, three counts of intimidation with a dangerous weapon and criminal gang participation. He is accused of fatally shooting Kaleek Jones, 22, and injuring two others on the Iowa City Ped Mall. Jones died from a gunshot wound to his back and neck.

Wilson has claimed he should have “stand your ground” immunity in the fatal shooting because he was acting in self-defense.

Miller previously denied Wilson’s request for an evidentiary hearing to determine if Wilson was justified in using deadly force when he shot Jones and the others.

First Assistant Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks, who made a special appearance Monday for the case, argued the October shooting remains an ongoing investigation, which makes the reports and information legally confidential.

According to Cedar Rapids police, officers responded to the 300 block of Second Avenue SE around 12:16 a.m. Oct. 22 for a report of shots fired. Officers found “evidence of a shooting” in an alley nearby, police said. While police were at the scene, they learned gunshot victims had shown up at UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital and Mercy Medical Center, where they had been taken by private vehicle. Their injuries were described as non-life threatening.

No suspects have been arrested in the case, according to police.

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Maybanks also told Judge Miller he’s not aware of any legal authority that would allow a judge to review the Cedar Rapids shooting files. He pointed out that if police investigative reports were public record, it could make witnesses reluctant to come forward with information in such situations. The reports also contain other confidential records like Social Security numbers, juvenile records and medical records, he added.  

Miller said he would take the arguments under advisement and provide a written ruling.     

Wilson’s trial is set for Jan. 22 in Polk County District Court. The trial was moved from Johnson County based on pretrial publicity.

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