Law enforcement have formally charged Cliffton Sivad Montague in the Thursday night shooting death of a 24-year-old man in Killeen.
Montague is not in custody, and police consider him armed and dangerous. He is black, 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds with very short black hair and brown eyes. He has a tattoo of the name Krystal on his neck.
The Bell County district attorney’s office issued a charge of murder against Montague on Tuesday. Police believe he killed Latternace Deshaun Newsome following an argument inside an apartment in the 3200 block of Hereford Lane.
An arrest affidavit states that several witnesses heard somebody shoot Newsome multiple times and said Montague talked about shooting the man shortly after the incident.
Montague and Newsome had a history of altercations, the affidavit states. A neighbor told police that in September the two men got into a verbal argument that turned into a fight.
During that incident, Montague pulled a gun on Newsome, cocked the hammer and pointed it at Newsome’s face. Newsome retreated into his home.
Two witnesses who lived in the Hereford Lane apartment where the shooting took place told police they heard Newsome and another resident attempting to calm Montague just prior to the shooting.
According to the affidavit, a man was overheard yelling at Montague that the situation was “all right.” “It ain’t nothing,” he said.
Newsome said, “We’re brothers. Chill.”
Montague then shot him several times, the affidavit states. Newsome died at the scene with multiple gunshot wounds to the left side of his chest.
Two women who lived near the scene of the shooting told police they were sitting on their porch the night of the incident when they heard five or six gunshots. A few minutes later, Montague ran out of his home toward them.
One of the women said Montague was breathing heavily and shaking. He told the women he had just shot a man.
Montague went inside their home, washed his hands and ran out their back door. He has not been seen in the area since.
Jail records show that Montague has been in and out of Bell County Jail since February 2010 on drug and firearms charges. He spent six months in jail after being arrested on a charge of unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and misdemeanor marijuana possession.
He later pleaded no contest to the weapons charge and guilty to possession of marijuana, less than 2 ounces.
In June 2011, police arrested Montague on a charge of possession of cocaine, less than 1 gram after they found 0.6 grams of crack in his apartment. He pleaded guilty to that charge in June 2012.
Court records also show that Montague is from Norfolk, Va., though he stayed at numerous addresses in Killeen. He is married to a soldier stationed at Fort Hood and was listed as unemployed.
Montague also was convicted of robbery and destruction of property in Virginia in 2008.
Killeen Police Department Commander Margaret Young said Montague’s name has been entered into a national registry, and police may use information such as his hometown to direct their search.
Detectives are asking anyone who has information about Montague’s location to contact Crime Stoppers at (254) 526-TIPS (8477), go online to www.killeencrimestoppers.com or text KILLEEN along with the tip to 274637.
All information is confidential and tips can remain anonymous. A tip leading to Montague’s arrest may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.