Two teens arrested in June homicide in Cedar Rapids


(Cedar Rapids, IA) -- Police hare arrested two teens in a June murder in Cedar Rapids.

Police say 17-year-old Christian Emedi and 16-year-old Marshawn Jeffries are both charged in the death of Malik Sheets June 18th.

Both Emedi and Jeffries are in the Linn County Juvenile Detention Center. They are both charged with First Degree Murder and Obstructing Prosecution. Emedi had been in custody on unlrelated charges. Jeffries was taken into custody in Davenport and transported to Linn County.

A complaint filed by the Linn County Attorney states officers were sent to 1058 Regent Street NE June 18th, after a report of shots fired. 

Police found Malik Sheets on the floor of the living room with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital where he died.

Investigators determined there had been an argument at the residence, involving Christian Emedi and Marshawn Jeffries, who produced handguns.

Witnesses told police Christian Emedi initially fired several shots at Malik Sheets. After Sheets fell to the floor, Jeffries fired several more shots into Sheets. 

The complaint states a 24-year old male drove the two defendants, and one of the defendant’s 17-year old girlfriend, to a North Liberty residence, where they showered and changed, and arranged to discard the clothing they were wearing at the scene of the shooting. 

The two defendants and the 24-year old male were later taken into custody in Gurnee, Illinois. 

The three initially denied being at the residence but later admitted they were there when Sheets was shot but denied doing the shooting. Police also interviewed the 17-year old female (girlfriend of one of the defendants) who obstructed officers’ efforts to locate evidence and the defendants who had fled the state to avoid arrest and prosecution.

The investigation is still active and ongoing.