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Grand Jury Indicts Man in CHP Officer's Death
James Montgomery in court

LAS VEGAS -- A Clark County grand jury has indicted the man accused of killing a California Highway Patrol officer and another man after stealing the truck occupied by the two men.

The jury indicted 29-year-old James Montgomery on two counts of murder, two counts of first degree kidnapping, one count burglary, two counts of robbery, one count of grand larceny and two counts of DUI resulting in death or substantial bodily harm.

According to Metro Police, in August, Montgomery stole the truck from the valet area of the Flamingo Hotel while Felix Cruz was in the back. CHP officer Jesus Magdaleno Jr., who was Cruz's brother-in-law, jumped into the truck and tried to get Montgomery to stop, police said.

Police say Montgomery started speeding and running through red lights. He eventually crashed and ejected both men from the bed of the truck, police said. Magdaleno died at the scene and Cruz died a few days later.

The men were visiting Las Vegas to celebrate Magdaleno's upcoming wedding.

The judge set no bail during Friday's hearing. Montgomery remains in custody at the Clark County Detention Center. His next court date is Nov. 25.


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