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New details emerge in Pueblo death investigation

Person of interest in case has history of driving charges

UPDATE: New Details in Pueblo Car Crash, Death

PUEBLO, Colo. - Court records show that a man being questioned in Tuesday's death of the victim of a car crash into a home previously pleaded guilty to DUI and is charged with other driving violations.

Police said Thursday that the person of interest in the case is in "a domestic relationship" with the car's owner, attorney Christy Marlett.  KRDO NewsChannel 13 confirmed through marriage records that Marlett's husband is Victor Montour, 31.

According to the Pueblo Chieftain, Montour was sentenced last December to two years of probation after pleading guilty to DUI.  As part of his plea, charges of another DUI last July, driving under restraint and careless driving were dropped.

Montour is scheduled to enter a plea next month on charges of careless driving, driving under restraint and leaving the scene of an accident.  The charges stem from an incident last November.

On Friday, police backed off from confirming Montour as a person of interest, saying that information about him was mistakenly released to the media.

"It's very important that we do our investigation properly," said Sgt. Eric Gonzales.  "We're trying to take the proper steps and gather evidence, and take our time and do things right.  We don't want to jeopardize this case."

Marlett was not at her office and was unavailable for comment Friday.  The Chieftain reported that Montour works as a legal assistant for his wife.

Police said the car involved in the crash was stolen, but the report wasn't made until after the crash.

Johnnie Hagerman, 46, was killed Tuesday night when the car crashed into the lower level of his home on Hollywood Drive.  An unidentified woman was injured and taken to a hospital for treatment.

Neighbors said they saw the car's driver run away.

"I just hope whoever did it, they pay for it," said Tim Brooks, who lives across the street from the Hagermans.  "You think you're safe in your own home, and something like this happens, and somebody loses a life.  It's a sad thing."

Brooks said he believes Hagerman lived at the home with his wife and a daughter.  Several women who appeared to be relatives were at the home Friday.  They declined comment.

Police are investigating what caused the crash, and await autopsy results on Hagerman.

The Chieftain reported that Montour's criminal history includes a nine-month prison sentence in 2004 for having a weapon as a prior offender, a four-year sentence in 2005 for drug possession, and a two-year sentence that same year for escape.

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