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Trial begins for Killeen man accused of killing man in 2012

BELL COUNTY, TX (KXXV) - Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of a Killeen man charged with murder, accused of shooting another man in his own apartment back in October 2012.

Cliffton Montague is charged with one count of murder after police say he went to 24-year-old Latternace Newsome’s home and got into an argument, which led to the shooting.

Four different officers with the Killeen Police Department took the witness stand Tuesday, to testify about the events surrounding that shooting.

The first officer to take the stand said that after arriving at the apartment complex on Hereford Lane in Killeen, he saw what he described as a “semi-chaotic” scene of people running from the home where the shooting occurred.

Another officer then spoke about entering that apartment and finding Newsome's body on the floor, next to a couch, with two other men standing next to the body.

When asked what had happened to Newsome, one of the officers said that the two men standing next to the body said they didn’t know and that they had been upstairs before hearing shots fired.

While doing a sweep of the apartment, one officer discovered scales and marijuana on a kitchen counter, as well as a glass mirror and what appeared to be cocaine in an upstairs bedroom.

The Dallas-based medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Newsome testified that his report concluded Newsome had been shot eight different times.

The prosecution published several photos of Newsome’s body taken at the crime scene and during the autopsy.

One of the officers testified he believed the way in which Newsome’s body was contorted, suggested that there had been some kind of struggle in the moments leading up to that shooting.

The trial is expected to resume Wednesday morning with more testimony.
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