October 21, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A 29-year-old man accused of causing a Las Vegas Strip crash that killed an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer and the officer's relative has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
James Robert Montgomery entered the plea Monday. The Tustin, Calif. resident is set to go to trial June 2 on charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery, burglary and auto theft.
Montgomery is accused of stealing CHP Officer Jesus Magdaleno Jr.'s truck from a casino valet stand in August and crashing it while Magdaleno and his brother-in-law, Felix Brandon Cruz III, were still in the cargo bed.
The two men were in town for Magdaleno's bachelor party.
Montgomery's lawyer says someone may have slipped something into his client's drink before the crash.