• February 20, 2017

Murder trial begins in 2012 shooting

Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 11:45 pm

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.

More about

More about

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.