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Jury Returns Guilty Verdict in Charlotte Cop Killing Trial

September 30, 2010  | 

A jury today found Demeatrius Montgomery guilty of first-degree murder in the 2007 killings of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton.

The first-degree murder verdict on both counts means Montgomery faces life in prison. Early in the proceedings, the judge set aside consideration of the death penalty because a former Charlotte-Mecklenburg police detective, Arvin Fant, threw away notes from the investigation.

During the three-week trial, prosecution witnesses had testified Montgomery’s DNA was on the revolver found in the woods near the shooting scene at the Timber Ridge apartments in east Charlotte in March 2007. Experts said gunshot residue was found on Montgomery’s palms and that the handgun found in the woods fired the bullets removed from Clark’s head. Two prosecution witnesses also said they saw Montgomery running with a gun after they heard shots fired.

Read Full Story at CharlotteObserver.com

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jaykirk @ 9/30/2010 6:24 PM

WITH THIS KIND OF A COURT DECISION, IT IS TIME TO REALLY LOOK TO THE ELECTION OF OUR JUDGES AND THEIR CONTINUED SERVICE. MURDER UNDER COLOR SHOULD ALWAYS BE THE DEATH PENALITY. AND TO SOLVE OTHER PROBLEMS, AN APPEALS COURT JUDGE SHOULD SIT IN ON THE ORIGINL TRIAL. THAT WAY IF THERE IS AND APPEAL PROBLEM, HE COULD STOP THE TRIAL AND CORRECT IT RIGHT THEN AND THERE. THAT WAY WHEN THE TRIAL IS DONE, THERE WOULD BE NO APPEAL.

JAYKIRK

mini28 @ 9/30/2010 6:44 PM

Without any shadow of a doubt this POS is GUILTY. HE SHOULD BE EXECUTED. What the hell is wrong with these stupida@@ judges. I hope this miscreant gets raped and shanked in his first days in prison. I hope he dies a slow agonizing death. Even that's too good for this waste of air.

cdswanson @ 10/1/2010 5:53 AM

The people have been victimized twice; first by the loss of two contributing citizens, and now by having to foot the bill for POS's keep for the rest of his life. There really is no justice.

awmp @ 10/1/2010 7:54 AM

Very disappointing when a judge throws out the possibility of the death penalty for a criminal that has killed officers in the line of duty. I believe the jury should have been the one to decide the fate and penalty of the accused not the judge before the trail even starts. Better yet, mandate a mandatory death penalty for anyone that kills a law enforcement officer, then only guilt or innocence has to be decided.

kwhiteusmc @ 10/3/2010 7:28 AM

I do an investigation, write my report, then I shred my notes because all that I write is in the report. The judge is wrong to throw out the possibility of the death penalty. We need to start executing these criminals, black, white, or whatever, that are not productive members of society. May the 2 who lost their lives RIP, but don't worry he'll be glorified in prison.

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