Grand jury to hear deadly Vegas Strip crash case

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LAS VEGAS (AP)

A grand jury is expected to hear evidence against a California man being held on multiple felony charges in a Las Vegas Strip crash that killed an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer and a relative.

James Robert Montgomery’s defense lawyer and a prosecutor said Monday that grand jury proceedings could come before a Dec. 16 preliminary hearing in the case.

Authorities say the 29-year-old Montgomery had a blood-alcohol level of 0.197 percent following the Aug. 18 crash that killed veteran CHP Officer Jesus Manuel Magdaleno Jr. and his brother-in-law, Felix Brandon Cruz III.

That’s almost 2 1/2 times Nevada’s legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Magdaleno and Cruz were killed when witnesses say they jumped into the bed of Magdaleno’s pickup truck to try to stop Montgomery from stealing it.

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