LAS VEGAS (AP) — A California man is due in court on murder, kidnapping, vehicle theft and driving under the influence charges in a Las Vegas Strip crash that killed an off-duty California Highway Patrol officer and a relative in August.
Prosecutors allege that 29-year-old James Robert Montgomery had a blood-alcohol level of 0.197 percent following the Aug. 18 crash. That's almost 2 1/2 times Nevada's legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Veteran CHP Officer Jesus Manuel Magdaleno Jr. and his brother-in-law, Felix Brandon Cruz III, were killed when witnesses say they jumped into the bed of Magdaleno's pickup truck to try to stop Montgomery from stealing it.
Magdaleno and Cruz were from Visalia, Calif. They were in Las Vegas for Cruz's bachelor party.
Montgomery could face life in prison if he's convicted.
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