The murder trial of a man accused of shooting an ex-soldier to death in 2012 began in Bell County district court Monday.

The trial of Clifton Sivad Montague began with jury selection and opening statements by Bell County prosecutors in 264th District Court under presiding Judge Martha J. Trudo. Prosecutors also called one witness to testify late in the day.

Montague is accused of shooting Laterrance Deshawn Newsome multiple times inside a residence in the 3200 block of Hereford Lane in Killeen on the night of Oct. 11, 2012.

According to previous reports, two residents of the apartment where the shooting occurred told police they could hear Montague and Newsome yelling. They said Newsome and the other man were attempting to calm Montague down. They both then heard several gunshots.

Two women at a neighboring apartment told police they heard the shots. About two minutes later, they saw Montague run out of his house. Montague ran up to the women and said he just shot a man, an arrest affidavit stated. He then went inside their home and washed his hands. He then ran out the back door.

“(Newsome) didn’t die by accident. He didn’t die by illness,” Bell County prosecutor Fred Burns said in his opening statement to jurors. “He died at the hands of another man.”

Montague’s defense team waived its opening statements until the following day. The trial is slated to continue today.

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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