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Man, 22, pleads not guilty in death of pedestrian, 35

by Lynn LaRowe | March 16, 2021 at 6:21 a.m. | Updated March 16, 2021 at 6:22 a.m.

TEXARKANA, Texas - A 22-year-old Texarkana man pleaded not guilty to murder Monday in connection with the alleged intentional killing of a pedestrian here in January. Montavious Sharp appeared for arraignment Monday morning via video with Assistant Public Defender Clayton Haas before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell. Haas entered a not guilty plea on Sharp's behalf and Tidwell set the case for a pretrial hearing in April.

A trial date was not scheduled.

Sharp allegedly ran his Dodge pickup into Cedrigch Traylor, 35, as he walked Jan. 9 on a sidewalk along State Line Avenue near the intersection with West 21st Street, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Sharp was allegedly upset with Traylor over a work-related dispute.

A witness who stopped to render aid to Traylor reportedly told police the collision between truck and man was intentional.

After the crash, investigators noted a large amount of debris from the pickup scattered about the accident scene. A pair of rubber boots, a fishing rod and a hatchet believed to belong to Traylor were found as well.

Sharp's parents reportedly brought him back to the crash scene where he was taken into custody and a pair of keys to a Dodge truck were found in his pocket. The truck was located behind a church in the 2500 block of Maple Street. It allegedly had significant front end damage, a flat tire and a fishing reel embedded in the grill.

Sharp's charge was upgraded from aggravated assault to murder after Traylor died of his injuries in a local hospital.

If convicted of murder, Sharp faces five to 99 years or life in prison.

Sharp is currently being held in the Bowie County jail with bail set at $500,000.


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