CEDAR RAPIDS, IA – An ongoing investigation by the Cedar Rapids Police Department into the murder of Malik Sheets that occurred on Thursday, June 18 has resulted in the arrest of two suspects.
With the assistance of the Linn County Attorney’s Office, the following individuals have been arrested:
- Christian Dider Emedi, DOB/05-14-2003, age 17, is charged with Murder-1st Degree and Obstructing Prosecution. Emedi is currently in custody at the Linn County Juvenile Detention Center on unrelated charges and has been served with charges for the murder of Malik Sheets.
- Marshawn Ladarius Jeffries, DOB/10-03-2003, age 16, is charged with Murder-1st Degree and Obstructing Prosecution. Jeffries was taken into custody in Davenport, Iowa and transported to the Linn County Juvenile Detention Center with charges for the murder of Malik Sheets.
According to the criminal complaint filed by the Linn County Attorney, peace officers were dispatched to the residence at 1058 Regent Street NE regarding a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers found Malik Sheets on the floor of the living room suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead and an autopsy revealed he died from gunshot wounds to his neck and chest. Officers interviewed witnesses to the shooting and learned an argument had ensued between several people at the residence during which time subjects later identified as Christian Emedi and Marshawn Jeffries produced handguns. Based on witness accounts, investigators determined Christian Emedi initially fired several shots at Malik Sheets. After Sheets fell to the floor, Jeffries fired several more shots into Sheets. The defendants all fled the scene after the shooting. A 24-year old male drove the two defendants, along with one of the defendant’s 17-year old girlfriend, to a residence in North Liberty where they took showers, changed clothing, 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 apprehended together in Gurnee, Illinois. When interviewed by police, all three initially denied being at the residence but later admitted they were present 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.
Previous Media Release (Sent on July 15, 2020, at 11:00 a.m.)
Linn County Crime Stoppers has received a donation of $7,600 to be awarded for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Malik Sheets. Friends and family of Malik Sheets established a GoFundMe campaign to raise funds to help solve this crime and hold the offender or offenders accountable. The campaign started with an “In Memory of Malik Sheets” Facebook page (www.facebook.com/groups/607871263169026).
The $7,600 reward is in addition to up to $2,500 offered through Linn County Crime Stoppers for the arrest and conviction of person or persons responsible for the murder. Sheets was killed on Thursday, June 18, 2020.
To submit a tip to Linn County Crime Stoppers, please call 1-800-CS-CRIME (1-800-272-7463) or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip. You can continue to trade information with an investigator. Text STOP to opt out at any time. Please reference case #2020-08242.
Previous Media Release (Sent on June 19, 2020, 12:15 p.m.)
The victim in the Thursday, June 18 homicide has been identified as Malik James Sheets, DOB/12-09-1999, age 20.
Previous Media Release (Sent on June 18, 2020, 9:45 a.m.)
On Thursday, June 18 at 5:09 a.m. the City’s Joint Communications Agency received a report of a fight and shots fired inside a residence in the 1000 block of Regent Street NE. Dispatchers were also advised that there was a victim who had sustained a gunshot wound.
Officers arrived on scene to find a 20-year old male inside the residence who had sustained at least one gunshot wound to the upper body. Police officers, firefighters, and Area Ambulance Service personnel administered emergency medical care and transported the victim to UnityPoint-St. Luke’s Hospital.
Shortly thereafter, the victim was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
Based on the preliminary investigation, there appears to have been a large party inside the residence, an argument ensued, and shots were fired. The shooting appears to be a targeted incident.
There is an active, ongoing homicide investigation.
Anyone with information is requested to contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department at (319) 286-5491 or Linn County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-CS-CRIME or text CRIMES (274637) and in the message/subject, type 5227 and your tip. You can continue to trade information with an investigator. Text STOP to opt out at any time. Please reference case #2020-08242.
Disclaimer: Any arrest information included above is based on the legal conclusion that, as with any criminal case, a charge is merely an accusation and a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.