KKTV 11 News | Colorado Springs, Pueblo | News

Soldier Pleads Not Guilty To First-Degree Murder



A Fort Carson soldier has pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of an unarmed man outside a Colorado Springs motorcycle club in early March.

Staff Sgt. Christopher Mountjoy, 31, was arrested a couple of weeks after the March 3 shooting.

Officers say that for victim Virgil Means, it was a tragic instance of being in the wrong place at the wrong time; Means had left the Sin City Deciples motorcycle clubhouse earlier on the night of March 3 after being beaten up by members of the club, and had only returned to the clubhouse to retrieve his wallet. Police say he was driving away with a friend when shots began firing in the direction of the car.

In an arraignment Thursday, Mountjoy pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and aggravated robbery. Mountjoy's public defender has indicated she may use post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury as a defense. Mountjoy returned from Afghanistan in 2011 after a year-long deployment.

Mountjoy is a member of the 1st Brigade Combat Team.

KKTV firmly believes in freedom of speech for all and we are happy to provide this forum for the community to share opinions and facts. We ask that commenters keep it clean, keep it truthful, stay on topic and be responsible. Comments left here do not necessarily represent the viewpoint of KKTV 11 News.

If you believe that any of the comments on our site are inappropriate or offensive, please tell us by clicking “Report Abuse” and answering the questions that follow. We will review any reported comments promptly.

powered by Disqus
KKTV 520 E. Colorado Colorado Springs, CO 80903 Office: (719) 634-2844 Fax: (719) 632-0808 News Fax: (719) 634-3741
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 169904026