Rampart recipient faces murder trial

Los Angeles Daily News
Rampart recipient faces murder trial

By Karen Maeshiro
Staff Writer

Thursday, January 20, 2005 – LANCASTER — An ex-convict who was paid $250,000 by Los Angeles as part of the Rampart police scandal has been ordered to stand trial in the May 2004 slaying of a man in a Palmdale apartment complex garage.

Alleged gang member Roy Montes, 27, of Lancaster is charged in the killing of Palmdale resident Travis McMillon, 58, who died from multiple gunshot wounds.

“We still haven’t figured out a motive. It could have been over drugs or it could have been attempted robbery,” Deputy District Attorney Hayden Zacky said.

Montes was bound over Wednesday for trial on charges of murder and an allegation that he personally used and discharged a firearm resulting in a death.

Montes’ attorney, Herb Barish, declined to comment on the case.

If convicted, Montes faces 25 years to life for the murder charge, plus another 25 years to life for the gun allegation, and a prior conviction for attempted robbery would double the murder sentence to 50 years to life in prison, Zacky said.

Montes has other convictions for assault and possession of rock cocaine for sale.

Witnesses said the victim had been talking to a woman in an apartment garage on 10th Street East just after 4 a.m. May 15 when Montes came into the garage, Zacky said.

The woman went into a nearby apartment, then heard gunshots, Zacky said.

“Witnesses heard shots fired. The victim stumbled back into the apartment mortally wounded, and Montes slid out the partially open garage door and fled,” Zacky said.

McMillon was pronounced dead at Antelope Valley Hospital.

Zacky said the victim and defendant knew each other.

At the time, Montes was believed to have been living in a Lancaster motel for several weeks but did not return to it after the slaying, officials said.

Montes was arrested by Los Angeles police in June 2004, records show.

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