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Tajh Ross Trial: Day 5

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- As Tajh Ross watched from his seat in the courtroom, day 5 started where day 4 left off - With more testimony from crime scene investigators.

DNA and Fingerprints found on the gun investigators say was used to kill Roundtree belong to one man - Yasin Muhidin.

Last week, witnesses testified to a struggle for the gun between Ross co-defendant Muhdin.

Ross's fingerprints and DNA aren't on the gun, but the prosecution argued that it didn't matter.

Linn County Attorney Nick Maybanks: If a fingerprint is not found on a weapon, you don't use that finding to exclude a certain person handling it.

CRPD Crime Scene Investigator Ron Johnson: Yes.

Another interesting find - the defense says in the days following the shooting, an officer found a backpack and a pellet gun in the house where the shots were fired from.

The defense went after the investigator for what they saw as downplaying the relevance of the find, which didn't come to light until last week.

Public Defender Doug Davis: Mr. Maybanks asked you about having a gun, you said ehhh...may not have been that important.

Johnson: If any weapon of any type were found in that house, we would have investigated it.

We also got some insight on the multi-hospital effort to save Latasha's life.

Dr. Joshua Eastvold: Mercy Medical Center:  She had a very notable corneal laceration, which is a cut to the surface of the eye.

Doctors say it could be from the glass shattering as the bullet hit the car window.

She was transported from Mercy to the University of Iowa Hospitals and clinics, where it was too late.

An autopsy determined the gunshot as the cause of death - and also revealed something the Defense found particular interest in.

Public Defender Todd Weimer: THC and THC-COOH correct?

Dr. Dennis Firchau: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics: Yes, that is correct.

It's the second time during the trial the defense has made reference to the presence of marijuana in Roundtree's system. In previous questioning, they never made it abundantly clear why they brought it up.

They say in this case, being under the influence could've affected the position of her head when the bullet came through

Public Defender Todd Weimer: It's another variable that was not made part of the scenario that was previously discussed, correct?

Firchau: Potentially, yes.

Tuesday, several co-defendants are set to testify. Follow us at https://twitter.com/cbs2iowa and https://twitter.com/JasonHackett2 for updates directly from the courtroom.
 
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