Update: Man accused of shooting cop returns to court next month
Houston stands before Judge Christie Mahn Sell in court Tuesday. Photo by Jonquil Newland/WRCBtv.com
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- Celvin Montez Houston appeared in Judge Christie Mahn Sell's courtroom Tuesday.
He's accused of shooting Officer William McMillan multiple times as the 26-year-old police officer responded to a theft call near 4th Avenue on March 12.
Houston was apprehended the next day at a home on Booth Road after the home surrounded by police and SWAT teams.
McMillan was in court Tuesday but told the media he was not able to make a comment at this time.
During his appearance, Houston's attorney immediately asked for a later court date. The judge took a break so she could consider her next move. About an hour later, officers brought Houston back to the courtroom.
"I tabled the motion until you had the opportunity to speak with your client and with witnesses that are available. Is that motion renewed or are you striking it," asks Sell. "I would renew it," Houston's attorney, Wendy Stanfield replies.
"My argument was this would be ineffective assistance of council. My client, even though he's accused of these crimes, serious A felonies, he needed time to be able to confer with his attorney and then I needed time to meet with witnesses," says Stanfield.
Delays are normal in serious cases like this and Houston is no stranger to the process. At the time of the shooting Houston was wanted on aggravated robbery and attempted murder charges in connection to a robbery.
He's faced three dozen charges since 1994, including a 2006 charge for aggravated assault of a police officer.
Judge Sell granted the motion for a continuance. Houston will be back in court for a preliminary hearing on April 2.