Donte Lamar Wyatt (Credit: DeKalb County jail)

Accused killer of gay-rights activist pleads not guilty to new charges

A man accused of killing a gay rights activist last year pleaded not guilty in DeKalb Superior Court Monday on new charges that he raped the woman before killing her.

Donte Lamar Wyatt, 33, faces aggravated sodomy and rape charges in connection with the April 13 killing of Catherine Han Montoya.

Han Montoya was killed after Wyatt fled a Henry County Waffle House where he had met and stabbed his estranged wife numerous times, according to police. He ended up in DeKalb where he broke into Han Montoya’s home, beat her and attacked her with a knife before strangling her with a scarf, according to an indictment filed Feb. 25.

Han Montoya was a member of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.

While in the DeKalb County jail for Han Montoya’s murder, Wyatt allegedly killed his cellmate Jah’Corey Tyson on July 4, choking the 23-year-old and gouging out his eyes.

Wyatt faces a raft of charges in both cases: 14 felonies, including two counts of malice murder, two counts of felony murder and four counts of aggravated assault.

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