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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.

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