Danville murder trial reset due to change in public defenders

Published 8:48 am Thursday, October 3, 2019

The trial date of a Danville man accused of murdering wife in early 2018 has been reset again because his public defense team withdrew and a new team was appointed.


According to Boyle County Circuit Court records, on July 11, public defender Jessica Buck submitted an agreed order that stated the Oct. 14, 2019, trial date for Colin J. Montgomery was remanded “due to a conflict with the current defense team.” A status hearing was scheduled for Sept. 3 when a new defense counsel was to be named.

Previous case records show that public defender Sarah Bryant had signed documents as Montgomery’s attorney.

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It wasn’t until Sept. 12 that Nathan W. Shirley and Andrew Long, assistant public advocates in the Somerset Public Defender’s office; and Brian Barker, assistant public advocate in the Richmond Public Defender’s Office gave notice that they were going to take over Montgomery’s case.

A status hearing for Montgomery is scheduled for Nov. 5 at 9 a.m.

The trial was originally set for Aug. 26, then it was changed to Oct. 14. A third trial date has not been scheduled yet.

Montgomery, 30, was arrested March 7, 2018, on a murder charge following the shooting death of his wife, Jennifer Montgomery, 27, outside of the couple’s home on Shakertown Road on the evening of March 6.