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A Sioux City man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the shooting death of another man

IOWA – According to the court documents, Roderick Banks, 36-year-old, has been charged with the murder count and a count being a felon in possession of a firearm for the Nov. 1 shooting death of 33-year-old Solomon Blackbird near Park Place Apartments in Sioux City.

The 36-year-old man confronted Blackbird and Blackbird’s girlfriend outside the apartment complex and shot Blackbird once in the chest. Police believe the shooting was related to a drug deal.

The officers recovered a handgun they believe was the murder weapon.

The suspect left town after the shooting and was arrested in Alabama.

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