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Teen accused of killing Malik Sheets wants case moved to juvenile court

Malik Sheets
Malik Sheets

CEDAR RAPIDS — One of the teens charged with killing 20-year-old Malik Sheets in June plans to ask a judge to transfer his charges to juvenile court.

Sarah Hradek, the lawyer for Marshawn L. Jeffries, 17, of Cedar Rapids, told a judge Friday she will file that motion in the near future.

Jeffries was 16 years old when Sheets was fatally shot during a party June 18. He turned 17 in October.

During the Friday hearing, First Assistant Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks said he plans to file a motion to consolidate the trials for Jeffries and his co-defendants — Christian Emedi, 17, of Cedar Rapids; Jeffries’ brother, Miguel Ruiz, 24; and Emedi’s girlfriend, Aleah Anderman, 17 — because they are all charged in the same crime.

Ruiz, of Round Lake Beach, Ill., is charged with obstruction of prosecution and accessory after the fact, both aggravated misdemeanors.

Anderman, of Cedar Rapids, was initially charged in juvenile court but then waived to adult court in October. She was charged in November with perjury, a felony, and accessory after the fact, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Ian Thornhill will take up the motions when they are filed.

Emedi and Jeffries were charged with first-degree murder and obstruction of prosecution on Sept. 18, three months after Sheets was killed. Their trials are set for May 17.

Police responded to a report of shots fired after 5 a.m. June 18 at 1058 Regent Ave. NE, where they found Sheets badly injured inside the house, where a large party had been held earlier. Sheets died from gunshot wounds to his neck and chest.

After talking with witnesses, investigators learned Sheets and several others were arguing when two people — identified as Emedi and Jeffries who were armed with handguns, according to the criminal complaint.

Based on witness statements, investigators determined Emedi fired several shots at Sheets and, after Sheets fell to the floor, Jeffries fired several more shots at him, the complaint states.

Ruiz drove Jeffries, Emedi and Alderman to a residence in North Liberty where they took showers, changed clothing and arranged to dispose of the clothing they were wearing at the party, according to the complaint.

Emedi, Jeffries and Ruiz were later found in Gurnee, Ill., and initially denied being at the party. They later admitted they were there when Sheets was shot but denied shooting him, the complaint states.

Alderman is accused of not being truthful during a deposition with prosecutors and making false statements, according to a complaint. She also obstructed officers’ efforts to locate evidence and Emedi and Jeffries, the complaint states.

Emedi and Jeffries also are charged in another assault before Sheets was killed.

Emedi, Jeffries and Cordal Lewis, 18, of Cedar Rapids, were charged with willful injury causing bodily injury in the June 17 assault of Kavon Johnson at 3000 J St. SW.

The three are accused of beating up Johnson by punching and/or stomping on him while he was on the ground, according to a complaint. Johnson, who was knocked unconscious, had a broken nose, cuts and abrasions.

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The assault by the three teens was captured on surveillance video, the complaint states. Trials for each are set for March 9.

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