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Officers noticed lacking 5-year-old in Sept 2019’: Police chief on Harmony Montgomery case

Closing arguments at the moment are underway in Adam Montgomery’s trial over the homicide of his five-year-old daughter Harmony.

Mr Montgomery’s trial is going down greater than 4 years after Harmony was final seen alive in 2019.

Authorities did not seek for the lacking youngster – who was identified to protecting companies – for greater than two years after she went lacking.

In 2022, Mr Montgomery was charged with second-degree homicide, abuse of a corpse and falsifying bodily proof.

Kayla Montgomery advised police that her husband struck the Harmony a number of instances after she had a toilet accident.

The little lady’s stays have been hidden in a ceiling vent at a shelter the place the household stayed after her dying. Montgomery snuck the stays into his office freezer, earlier than disposing of them in March 2020.

Harmony’s stays have by no means been discovered.

The defence rested their case on Wednesday with out calling any witnesses.

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Ms Smith tells jurors that Adam “did not kill his baby girl”

However, Ms Smith claims, he went on to commit “criminal” acts to hide the physique. Only as a result of

“So Kayla decided to lie about Harmony’s death,” Ms Smith stated. “She had to lie because the truth would point to her. And her lies were accepted because Adam was accused of Kayla’s black eye.”

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Defence delivers closing statements

“’Wake up, baby girl,’ those were the words Kayla described Adam used,” legal professional Caroline Smith stated.

“But she didn’t. Those words were the truth, surrounded by Kayla’s lies.”

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Court resumes

Judge Messer warned jurors of “posters” exterior the courthouse, and reminded them they’re solely to have in mind proof offered in court docket.

Andrea Blanco21 February 2024 14:59

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WATCH: Friend who loaned automotive to Adam Montgomery denies seeing Harmony

Friend who loaned automotive to Adam Montgomery denies seeing youngster Harmony

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Harmony Montgomery’s stepmother’s ‘betrayal letter’ revealed

Harmony’s stays have been relocated a number of instances — first saved in a cooler on the dwelling of Kayla’s mom, later to a ceiling vent at a shelter the household lived in and even taken to Montgomery’s office — earlier than Montgomery made efforts to destroy the physique and get rid of it in March 2021.

Refuting Kayla’s model of the occasions main as much as Harmony’s dying, the defence has alleged that the minor really died underneath her stepmother’s care and that Montgomery solely went together with plans to get rid of the physique to “protect” Kayla and their two toddler sons. Defence legal professional Caroline Smith launched a notice Kayla wrote whereas in jail in 2022 following an arrest on theft fees for gathering welfare advantages for Harmony.

Ms Smith learn the letter out loud, together with excerpts through which Kayla wrote that she wished immunity and custody of her youngsters if she was going to return ahead to authorities with details about Harmony’s homicide. Among different calls for, Kayla additionally wrote that she wished to see Montgomery “one last time, kiss him, and maybe make love to him,” Ms Smith stated — casting doubt on the prosecution’s argument that Kayla initially lied to officers as a result of she was being threatened by Montgomery.

“What you didn’t write was protection from Adam, what you didn’t write was that you were afraid of Adam,” Ms Smith requested. “You just wanted to be with him before you, as you put it, betray him, right?”

“I wasn’t thinking about that …. yes,” Kayla answered.

Andrea Blanco21 February 2024 13:00

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Adam Montgomery’s drug seller insists he ‘wants to help find who killed Harmony’

Anthony Bodero, the pal that Kayla and Adam Montgomery visited on the day that Harmony died, took the stand final week.

Montgomery is standing trial on homicide fees after conceding to 2 fees of abuse of a corpse and falsifying info in connection together with his daughter’s December 2019 dying.

During his testimony, Mr Bodero advised jurors that Kayla and Adam Montgomery visited his condo complicated on 7 December 2019 — the day that authorities say Harmony was crushed to dying. Mr Bodero stated the Montgomerys advised him their automotive had damaged down and so they had nowhere to go,

“They gave me a call, told me they had no place to go and came to where I was staying,” he advised the court docket. “I let them upstairs. I told them, ‘I can let you stay in my car, but I can’t let you stay here because this is not my apartment.’”

The Montgomerys stayed in Mr Bodero’s automotive for 2 days. Mr Bodero stated he went all the way down to the parking zone a few instances to verify in on the Montgomerys, introduced them meals and waved at their two toddler sons, however didn’t see Harmony.

Under cross-examination by the defence, Mr Bodero turned agitated after legal professional Caroline Smith urged that he “didn’t want anything to do with the investigation or Harmony.”

“It’s not the way you’re making it sound, I want to help you guys,” a visibly exasperated Mr Bodero stated.

“Help who?” Ms Smith went on to ask.

“The prosecution. I want to help find who killed that little girl,” Mr Bodero stated.

Andrea Blanco21 February 2024 12:00

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WATCH:Adam Montgomery’s estranged spouse says she ‘still care about’ him after alleged abuse

Adam Montgomery’s estranged spouse says she ‘still care about’ him after alleged abuse

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Adam Montgomery accused of shopping for $400 in gear to destroy Harmony’s physique

The state’s case has largely hinged on testimony by Montgomery’s estranged spouse, in addition to DNA proof of the horrific methods through which he labored to crush, cut back and get rid of Harmony’s stays.

On Thursday, jurors heard a few February 2020 $400 buy of limestone, a metal-cutting diamond blade, a lithium-ion battery and an influence grinder.

Andrea Blanco21 February 2024 10:00

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Man on trial in killing of 5-year-old daughter stated he hated her ‘proper to his core,’ pal says

Rebecca Maines, who’s in jail for a parole violation, testified that Adam Montgomery advised her in the summertime of 2021 that he had been making an attempt to see his daughter, Harmony Montgomery, since 2019, when he dropped her off to be along with her mom as a result of he stated she was having toilet accidents “on purpose.”

Even although Adam Montgomery had been granted authorized custody of the lady months earlier than she vanished, Maines testified that he advised her that Harmony’s mom wouldn’t permit him to go to her.

Maines, who described Montgomery at one level as her greatest pal, additionally testified about an incident that occurred earlier than he stated he took Harmony to her mom. She stated he advised her he “backhanded” his daughter after seeing her put her hand over her youthful brother’s lips and nostril. In earlier testimony, Adam Montgomery’s uncle testified that he noticed Harmony with a black eye on the household dwelling in 2019 and that Adam advised him he “bashed” her round the home after seeing her put her fingers on her brother.

During cross-examination, Maines was requested about her legal report from 2014 to 2019, which incorporates theft and fraud convictions. She is scheduled for a parole listening to in April, but additionally faces a number of pending fees.

Andrea Blanco21 February 2024 09:00

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WATCH: Ex-police officer describes processing automotive which Harmony Montgomery was murdered in

Ex-police officer describes processing automotive which Harmony Montgomery was murdered in

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