Man ac­cused of killing sa­lon man­ager three days after he bonded out of jail

Houston Chronicle - - CITY | STATE - By Nicole Hens­ley nicole.hens­[email protected] twit­ter.com/nkhens­ley STAFF WRITER

A 24-year-old man is ac­cused of killing the man­ager of a Green­s­point-area sa­lon while out on bond for a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence ar­rest, court records show.

An­thony Mont­gomery was re­leased from the Har­ris County Jail after post­ing a $10,000 bond on Jan. 3, ac­cord­ing to records. Three days later, he al­legedly shot 29year-old Kodjo Yabi to death.

He is be­lieved to have wres­tled a gun away from Yabi as he guarded the sa­lon in the 17500 block of Im­pe­rial Val­ley Drive dur­ing a con­cert. Yabi also was col­lect­ing a cover for the after-hours con­cert hap­pen­ing in­side, po­lice said.

Mont­gomery opened fire with Yabi’s weapon and shot him once, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors. He fled the sa­lon with the gun and cash, po­lice said. Yabi soon died at the sa­lon.

Last week, au­thor­i­ties shared sur­veil­lance footage of the sus­pected gun­man. Mont­gomery was ar­rested in the death Satur­day and has been charged with mur­der.

He was pre­vi­ously jailed Dec. 29 after al­legedly beat­ing his girl­friend. Pros­e­cu­tors asked that Mont­gomery be held with­out bond be­cause of his lengthy crim­i­nal his­tory and to pro­tect the woman he was dat­ing, ac­cord­ing to court pa­pers. He was slated to be ar­raigned in that case in Fe­bru­ary.

Past con­vic­tions in­clude crim­i­nal mis­chief, evad­ing mo­tor ve­hi­cle, theft, tres­pass­ing and rob­bery.

A men­tal health eval­u­a­tion was or­dered for Mont­gomery shortly be­fore he ap­peared in court Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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