A man accused of accidentally shooting his friend and classmate has resumed studies at Mitchell Technical Institute.
Julie Brookbank, director of marketing and public information at MTI, said William Davis, 21, resumed classes on Jan. 5, the official start of the spring semester.
For some, the Dec. 4 accidental and fatal shooting in Mitchell brought back painful memories of a similar incident from 12 years ago.
For a retired local police officer, it was yet another reminder of the incompatibility of alcohol and guns.
“I was being real dumb and I just killed my friend.” According to a police report, those were the words spoken by 21-yearold Burke native William “Will” Davis to a 911 operator. Davis called 911 moments after he allegedly shot Matt Montag, 19, on Dec. 4 in a Mitchell rental house. Police have called the shooting accidental but reckless.
Anne Montag and her husband, Larry, have plenty of physical reminders of their son.
When she looks at the lake near their home in rural Big Stone City, she remembers how a young and fun-loving Matt Montag would swim, canoe and, on some occasions, swing off a rope into the water.
Some Mitchell Technical Institute instructors and others from the school hope to attend the funeral of an MTI student killed Saturday night in an apparent accidental shooting.
Matt Montag, 19, was killed when he was struck in the chest by a shotgun blast at a rented home in Mitchell, authorities say. A reported friend of his and fellow MTI student William Davis, 21, formerly of Burke, is in the Davison County Jail on a first-degree manslaughter charge. Davis is being held on a $100,000 cash bond.
Matt Montag would have turned 20 Sunday. The Mitchell Technical Institute student didn’t get to celebrate his birthday. Montag was killed in an apparent accidental shooting Saturday evening.
Another MTI student, William Dean Davis, 21, was arrested Saturday after shooting and killing Montag with a shotgun. According to court documents, Davis unintentionally pulled the trigger on the shotgun but had not intended to kill Montag, who died at the scene. Davis was charged with first-degree manslaughter, a Class 3 felony punishable by a maximum sentence of life in prison and a $50,000 fine. He is being held in the Davison County Jail in lieu of $100,000 cash bond.
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