Posted: Oct 11, 2013 10:47 AM by MTN New
Updated: Oct 11, 2013 10:48 AM
BOZEMAN - New details from court documents filed when Cody Christopher Little was charged with deliberate homicide, shed light on what happened in the early morning hours of Sept. 20.
According to documents filed in Gallatin County District Court, law enforcement officers responded to reports of a shooting in the early morning hours.
Arriving at the scene at approximately 4 a.m., Bozeman Police officers found a crowd of people near 79 N. Ferguson Ave. After ordering everyone to the ground, an officer saw Rielley Ray escorting a man toward them, claiming he had the shooter.
The man, identified as Cody Little, was handcuffed and then began to make "spontaneous and unsolicited" comments: "Sir, I was attacked. I understand that (sic) I do know I shot somebody but I was attacked." Little later stated: "I didn't, I didn't mean to kill somebody sir. I was just afraid for my life. They were chasing me."
Officers, assisted by Ray, were able to locate a shotgun leaning against a wall.
Officers also saw two men on the ground in the alley between Ferguson and Kimball Ave.
The first, James Armstrong, had a shirt wrapped around his left leg, just below the knee. The shirt, employed as a tourniquet, appeared to be stopping or at least slowing the severe bleeding. Armstrong told officers that his calf "was gone."
Larry Clayton was found in "an extremely large amount of blood" on the ground around his body. An officer checked for a pulse and found none.
Several clothing items were located in the alley, along with yellow shotgun casings on the ground near Armstrong and Clayton.
Detectives on the scene also located three expended Remington 20 gauge Nitro Mag shotgun shell casing and two plastic shotgun wads. Officers later learned that the third wad was found and removed from Clayton's abdomen while he was being treated at the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital. Two live shotgun rounds were later recovered from Little's pockets.
In an interview later that morning, Ray said that after the bars closed at 2 a.m. he had attended a party at 123 N. Ferguson Ave. The residents eventually asked people to leave, and when Ray did he heard people yelling in the street. Ray told investigators he found Armstrong and Little arguing and then Armstrong exclaimed that "this guy just hit me."
Ray told investigators that Little reportedly ran down the alley then returned wielding a long gun. Little fired a round into the ground, throwing sparks into the air. He then approached Clayton, leveled the shotgun at Cayton's abdomen, and fired, Ray said. Little then ran toward a small group of people and fired the third shot, which hit Armstrong in the leg.
Little then turned toward Ray, elevated the shotgun inches away from Ray's face and pulled the trigger. Ray said he heard the click when the trigger was pulled.
Ray said he froze and Little ran away from him. Ray gave chase and caught Little outside the man's apartment. After a struggle, Ray was able to subdue Little inside Little's apartment. When Ray heard that the police had arrived, he took Little outside where the man was arrested.
Little told investigators during interviews later that day, that a co-worker had come to his house and wanted to party. They went next door to a party where his co-worker was drinking whisky and trying to start a fight.
Little said when his friend was dragged outside by other people he ran to his house and grabbed his shotgun. Little said his friend was "getting stomped" and he "blew a round off. I blew it off above them."
Little told officials that the shotgun was ripped from his hands and he was punched four or five times in the face.
Later in the interview, Little admitted to firing the shotgun a second round into the air. He told the detectives that he had not pointed the shotgun at anyone.
Little, a veteran who served in Afghanistan, is currently being held at the Gallatin County Detention Center with bail set at $1,250,000.
BOZEMAN - The man accused of fatally shooting a Bozeman man has been charged with deliberate homicide.
Charges against Cody Christopher Little were filed Thursday, Oct. 10 by the Gallatin County Attorney. Included were the charge of deliberate homicide and two charges of attempted deliberate homicide - all felonies.
Little, 25, of Bozeman, is accused of fatally shooting 24-year-old Larry Clayton on Sept. 20. Clayton died in a Washington state hospital from his injuries on Sept. 21. Another man, James Armstrong, was taken to Billings for treatment of his gunshot wound. According to Gallatin County's Victim Services, as of Oct. 10, Armstrong had returned home from the hospital, but his lower leg was to be amputated at a future date.