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Chicago man's attempted murder trial begins

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CEDAR RAPIDS (AP) -- Attorneys have begun their opening statements in the Linn County attempted murder trial of 23-year-old Derrick Roberts.

The Chicago resident is also charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon and willful injury for allegedly shooting 50-year-old Delores Smith of Cedar Rapids while she was in a parked van with other family members a year ago.

Prosecutors say Roberts riddled the van with gunfire because a relative of Smith's had earlier struck him in the leg with a powdered sugar doughnut she was throwing away.

Roberts' attorney, Mike Lahammer, said in Monday's opening statements that his client didn't intentionally shoot at Smith and a doughnut wasn't the reason he fired at the family's van.

 

Online Producer-Chris Becker

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