Bossier man charged with 2nd degree murder in 35-year-old cold case

By Nancy Cook |

Published 05/15 2014 03:01PM

Updated 05/15 2014 07:27PM

A Bossier man whose wife was fatally shot in a car he was driving more than 3r years ago has been arrested and charged with second degree murder in her death.

James Haywood Montgomery  III, 73, was taken into custody today at his Bossier City townhouse on a warrant, after a Caddo Parish grand jury indicted him on a charge of second degree murder in the Jan. 1, 1979 death of his then wife, Deanna Elliott Montgomery. 

Also indicted today on 2nd degree murder charges in Deanna Elliott Montgomery's death is Larry Thompson Sr., who is currently serving an 80 year sentence after being convicted of multiple charges stemming from the March 2003 three-quarters of a million dollar armed robbery of an armored car in  Greenwood and subsequent car chase that stretched across Caddo Parish before finally ending in an upscale residential area in Bossier City

Thompson, who also is a suspect in murders in Desoto Parish, Harrison County, Texas, as well as in New Jersey, and Montgomery are old friends.  

Deanna Montgomery’s death is one of Shreveport’s oldest cold cases. She was a passenger in the car James Montgomery was driving, when a close-range shotgun blast fired through the rear side window of the car where she was sitting. Reportedly, the shooting occurred on Line Avenue near Betty Virginia Park.

The case was investigated at the time, but investigators came up empty.

Coincidentally, exactly one year ago today on May 15, 2013, Montgomery was indicted by a Caddo Parish grand jury on one count of aggravated rape. He was arrested and held without bond for almost four months, at which time his bond was set at $500,000.

Shreveport attorney Elton Richey, tried in vain to get Montgomery’s bond lowered by Caddo District Court, so in February, appealed to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals.  In April, the Appeals Court agreed the $500,000 was excessive and ordered Montgomery’s bond set at $100,000.

Montgomery was set free a few days later, but as a condition of his bail, he could not travel farther than 50 miles from the Caddo Parish Courthouse, not leave the state and wear an ankle bracelet.

Montgomery is now being held on $750,000 bond


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