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March 14, 2014

Man charged with shooting victim in head remains jailed

Judge rules Montgomery a danger to society

HAVERHILL — A New Hampshire man charged with shooting a Haverhill man in the head after he came to the city to buy drugs will remain behind bars as his case proceeds in court.

Adam “Ace” Montgomery, 24, of Manchester was ordered held without bail yesterday when a Haverhill District Court judge considered him too much of a danger to the public to released.

Montgomery has been held at the Middleton House of Correction since his arraignment March 5 on charges of armed robbery and armed assault to murder in connection with the incident, which happened the night of Jan. 24 on Cedar Street in the Acre neighborhood. He was also charged with carrying a firearm without a license and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a building.

Judge Stephen Abany, who ordered Montgomery held yesterday at the request of Assistant District Attorney John DePaulo, scheduled a pretrial hearing for April 16.

On the night of the incident, police were called to the intersection of Cedar Street and 8th Avenue on a report of a disturbance and a shooting. Police said they found Robert Jacobs, who had been shot in the left side of his chin. The bullet exited his left temple area, police said.

Jacobs was taken to Lawrence General Hospital and then transferred to Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, where he was expected to make a full recovery, police said.

Police later charged a third man, Cameron Vitalone, 22, with shooting Montgomery in the arm.

The two shootings took place within minutes of each other and with the same gun: A .38-caliber Taurus revolver that police said they found on the sidewalk on 8th Avenue. State Police seized the gun and said it held two empty shells.

Police said the shootings were the result of a drug deal gone bad.

Vitalone is the brother of Jacobs. Police charged Vitalone with armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm without a firearms identification card and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling.

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