SIOUX CITY – The selection of 12 Woodbury County residents who will decide whether Roderick Banks is guilty or not guilty of murder is set to begin Tuesday morning.
Banks, 36, of Sioux City, pleaded not guilty to first degree murder and felon in possession of a firearm in connection with the November 1 shooting death of Solomon Blackbird.
Jury selection is expected to take much of the first day of trial, and the state, represented by Woodbury County assistant prosecutors James Loomis and Michelle Venable-Ridley, will begin presenting evidence on Wednesday. Banks is represented by Joseph Reedy and Andrew Munger, who work for the Office of the State Public Defender in Council Bluffs.
District Judge Roger Sailer will preside over the trial in Woodbury County District Court.
Banks is accused of shooting Blackbird once in the chest near Park Place Apartments in the 2600 block of Douglas Street.
According to court documents, Blackbird was walking with his girlfriend and baby when Banks came from inside the apartment complex, approached them and asked Blackbird, “Are you Solomon? , drew a gun and shot Blackbird.
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Blackbird, 33, of Sioux City, later died at MercyOne Siouxland Medical Center.
Blackbird’s girlfriend identified Banks as the shooter.