Judge sets $1M bond for man accused of crew camp homicideWILLISTON (AP) — Bond was set at $1 million Wednesday for a Texas man accused in a fatal shooting at a worker camp in the western North Dakota Oil Patch.
By: Linda Sailer, The Dickinson Press
WILLISTON (AP) — Bond was set at $1 million Wednesday for a Texas man accused in a fatal shooting at a worker camp in the western North Dakota Oil Patch.
Victor Lamont, 24, of Lufkin, Texas, is charged with murder, attempted murder and terrorizing. He is accused of killing 57-year-old Gerald Schild, of Katy, Texas, and injuring 38-year-old Travis Lomax of Fort Smith, Ark. A friend said Schild, a former NASCAR racer, was a local legend in the Houston racing scene.
Authorities said the shooting happened late Saturday at the crew camp near Tioga. Lomax was treated at a Minot hospital and released. A judge set Lamont’s bond Wednesday.
All three men were working for Wisconsin-based pipeline company Michels Corp., which has said the shooting happened when the men were off work. Lamont also is accused of threatening two other company workers with a gun, Williams County Chief Deputy Verlan Kvande said. Authorities have not released details of the incident or a possible motive.
Court documents do not list an attorney for Lamont.
John Mandabach, whose family owns the Houston Motorsports Park racetrack, told the Williston Herald that Schild — who competed in a handful of NASCAR races in the 1970s — has won many races at the local track. The track will dedicate the Aug. 18 races to Schild and hold a moment of silence in his memory.
“I’d be surprised at anyone at our racetrack who doesn’t know who Jerry was and wouldn’t be able to share some humorous story,” Mandabach said. “He’s just a real memorable guy that had a positive impact on anyone he was around.”