On March 30, 2012, convicted Cop Killer Charles Montgomery (MDOC # 42332) is up for parole for the second time. He was convicted in 1981 for the brutal murder of Mississippi State Trooper Billy Langham.
On December 31, 1981, Trooper Billy Langham stopped a vehicle for speeding on Highway 49 near Collins, Mississippi.
The vehicle was occupied by four male subjects (Charles Montgomery, Anthony Fields, Otis Lee Fairly, and Samuel Johnson). According to reports, Trooper Langham noticed a butcher knife on the front seat and asked the occupants to exit the vehicle. While Trooper Langham was searching the vehicle, one of the subjects grabbed the knife from the top of the cruiser and stabbed the trooper in the back.
Trooper Langham attempted to draw his service weapon, but he was overpowered the subjects. The four subjects then ambushed Trooper Langham, brutally stabbing and beating him repeatedly. Montgomery fired several shots at close range with trooper Langham’s own weapon. The suspects fled the scene, leaving Trooper Langham for dead. (They were later captured.) Montgomery was convicted of capital murder in 1981 for firing the fatal shots, and was sentenced to life in prison.
Trooper Langham had served with the Mississippi Highway Patrol for eight years. He is survived by his wife and children. Montgomery deprived the Langham of a son, father, brother, best friend, and dedicated protector. His widow, Brenda, has continued to keep Trooper Langham’s name and memory before the public. She is adamant that Montgomery should remain incarcerated, due to the threat he poses to the safety of the general public.
“He took Billy’s life, and he ought to serve his lifetime,” Brenda Langham said. “We don’t need him on the street to kill someone else.”
A section of US Highway 49, in Collins, was dedicated in Trooper Langham’s memory.
The family is pleading for the families and friends of the Thin Blue Line to keep this cold blooded murderer behind bars.
Letters of concern need to be addressed no later than March 30 to the following address:
State of Mississippi Parole Board
660 North Street, Suite 100-A
Jackson, MS, 39202
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