(KXNT, Las Vegas)–The man accused of killing a California Highway Patrol officer and his close friend appeared in Clark County District Court Monday for an arraignment. 

James Montgomery, 29, entered a not guilty plea. He is charged with murder, robbery, kidnapping, battery with substantial harm and grand larceny auto. A rial date was set for June 2, 2014.

CHP Officer Jesus Magdaleno Jr., 33, and Felix Cruz, were loading the back of their pick up truck in the valet area of the Flamingo Hotel in August when Montgomery jumped into the driver’s seat, according to the arrest report. Cruz, who was in the truck bed, called for help as Montgomery began driving away. Witnesses told police, Magdaleno chased after the truck on foot and identified himself as a police officer. He was able to jump into the bed of the truck.

The two men were screaming for help as Montgomery sped along Flamingo Road, police said. Montgomery crashed into another vehicle ejecting both men from the truck’s bed. Both men died as a result of their injuries.



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