Public Safety

Nov. 5 trial date set in slaying of Iowa City cab driver

Accused shooter will be tried in Scott County District Court

Curtis Jones appears Sept. 8, 2017, in Johnson County District Court. Jones goes on trial Nov. 5, charged with first-degree murder in the June 27, 2017, shooting death of Iowa City cabdriver Rick Lillie. He also is charged with first-degree murder in the April 22, 2017, fatal shooting of Jonathan Wieseler, 34, at Lederman Bail Bonds in Iowa City; that trial is set for January.  (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
Curtis Jones appears Sept. 8, 2017, in Johnson County District Court. Jones goes on trial Nov. 5, charged with first-degree murder in the June 27, 2017, shooting death of Iowa City cabdriver Rick Lillie. He also is charged with first-degree murder in the April 22, 2017, fatal shooting of Jonathan Wieseler, 34, at Lederman Bail Bonds in Iowa City; that trial is set for January. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)
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IOWA CITY — The trial for a man accused of fatally shooting a cabdriver last year is on track to begin Nov. 5 in Scott County District Court.

Curtis C. Jones, 41, is charged with first-degree murder.

He is accused of fatally shooting Ricky Lillie, 46, on June 27, 2017, in Iowa City.

Police said Lillie drove Jones to the 500 block of Ernest Street in south Iowa City around 11 p.m., where Jones shot Lillie in the head.

Jones, of Mount Pleasant, was also originally charged with first-degree robbery, but the prosecution dismissed the robbery charge earlier this month.

The trial, moved to Davenport on a change of venue because of pretrial publicity, is expected to last about two weeks.

During a hearing Friday, 6th Judicial District Judge Chad Kepros hashed out several issues with prosecution and defense attorneys regarding whether certain evidence would be allowed at trial.

Jones also is charged with first-degree murder in the April 22, 2017, fatal shooting of Jonathan Wieseler, 34, a bondsman killed in his office in downtown Iowa City.

Police accuse Jones of shooting Wieseler sometime between 10:20 and 10:32 p.m. that day at Lederman Bail Bonds and say the shooting happened during a robbery.

That trial was continued in September after the prosecution requested more time to test some DNA evidence, which could possibly benefit Jones.

The trial has been reset for Jan. 11 in Polk County District Court.

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