Trial begins for Killeen man charged with murder, assault

Bell County Jail
POSTED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 10:45am
UPDATED: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 7:48pm

The trial of a Killeen man, who is in jail on murder charges and aggravated assault on a public servant, began Monday in Belton.

On January 23, an indictment for assault on a public servant was handed down to Clifton Sivad Montague, 27, who was already in jail on a murder charge. The incident was reported to have happened in November 2012 at the Bell County Jail in Belton. Montague reportedly punched the guard in the face.

Montague was arrested on October 17, 2012 and charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at 1.1 million dollars.

Police believe Montague is responsible for a shooting in Killeen in October that left one man dead. The incident occurred at 3203 Hereford Lane apartment #D at 11:03 p.m., after a 911 call was received telling officers someone had been shot at that address. Upon the officers’ arrival they found a 24-year-old deceased male inside the living room.

The officers began an investigation which revealed that the victim was visiting the apartment when he and Montague became involved in a verbal altercation. The altercation then turned physical and the Montague allegedly shot the victim and fled the apartment. Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke pronounced Latternace Deshawn Newsome deceased at 11:35pm and ordered an autopsy to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences.


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