The man accused of shooting a 24-year-old Killeen man to death last week was arrested Wednesday.

Killeen police apprehended Cliffton Sivad Montague, 27, after receiving a tip on his whereabouts. Police detained him about 9:30 a.m. at the Lone Star Inn and Suites in the 400 block of South Second Street.

Police spokeswoman Carroll Smith said Montague was apprehended without incident.

He was charged with murder in connection with the Oct. 11 death of Latternace Deshaun Newsome. Police found Newsome dead from multiple gunshot wounds inside an apartment in the 3200 block of Hereford Lane.

Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin arraigned Montague early Thursday morning. Montague remained in Bell County Jail on Thursday night with bail set at $1 million. He also is being held on a motion to revoke his probation for a cocaine possession conviction.

Montague was immediately identified as the prime suspect in Newsome’s death. Residents of the apartment where the homicide occurred as well as neighbors told police they heard Montague admit to killing Newsome just minutes after the shooting.

He had been on the run for about a week when police received information that led to his arrest.

Montague and Newsome had a history of confrontations prior to the homicide. A witness told police the two got into a verbal argument in September in which Montague allegedly pointed a handgun at Newsome and cocked the hammer.

The night of the killing, multiple witnesses heard Newsome and another man attempting to calm Montague down. They then heard multiple gunshots and saw Montague running from the apartment.

Newsome died at the scene. Police found him with multiple gunshot wounds to the left side of his chest.

Contact Philip Jankowski at or (254) 501-7553

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