Former friend remembers shooting victim


BOZEMAN, Mont. - According to police, Larry "L.J." Clayton died Saturday in Seattle while being treated for a gunshot wound at Harborview Medical Center. Police say he was shot in the stomach 2 days before. In order to get a better picture of who Clayton was, we spoke with more than a dozen people including John Mace. Mace is a former friend and co-worker who is grieving the loss of 24-year-old L.J. Clayton. "Always joking, making people laugh, he was really smart and a super hard worker," said Mace. John and L.J. once worked together in the landscaping industry. He remembers Clayton having a strong work ethic and positive attitude. "Even when things would break, he would always be the one to laugh and lighten the mood you know," said Mace. We wanted to know more about Clayton so we went to Belgrade High School, where Clayton graduated from. We looked through yearbooks from when L.J. was a student. We discovered he was an avid golfer, and wrestled during his time at Belgrade High. While we could not speak to anyone on camera at the school, many administrators and teachers were familiar with L.J. Clayton. Prosecutors allege in court documents that 25-year-old Cody Christopher Little shot Clayton and two others after an argument early Friday morning on the 100 block of Ferguson. One of the other victims was air lifted to Billings. We made calls to check on that patients condition Tuesday night but have not heard back. On Friday, Little was charged with 2 counts of attempted deliberate homicide and one count of assault with a weapon. County Attorney Marty Lambert said on Tuesday he plans to file a motion to amend one of the charges against Cody Little to deliberate homicide.