Murder trial continues

Published 6:15 pm Tuesday, June 21, 2022

By FIONA MORGAN and JARED DARWISH

The trial of Colin Montgomery continued today with witness testimonies from the prosecutors’ list.

Montgomery was charged with the murder of his wife, Jennifer Montgomery, in March 2018. He allegedly shot her outside their home on Shakertown Road. The trial was scheduled for late 2019, but was delayed. The trial started on Monday.

He allegedly shot his wife because he believed she was having an affair, according to the initial sheriff’s investigation. Two of their children were in the home at the time of the shooting.

The jury heard testimonies from Kody Cloud, a former Boyle County Sheriff’s deputy; Chris Matano of Danville Police; Donnie Moses, who worked at the Boyle County Sheriff’s office; Tye Chavies, detective for Kentucky State Police; Chris Creech, an attorney who worked on the Montgomery’s divorce; and Dr. Lauren Lippincott, the forensic pathologist who performed Jennifer’s autopsy. 

During Moses’ testimony, the jury heard audio of an interrogation with Colin after the shooting. Throughout the interrogation, Colin said he didn’t know or didn’t remember what exactly happened. 

However, at one point after Moses asked the question, ‘do you remember shooting your wife?’ Colin said, ‘I do.’ 

Chavies was lead detective on the case and had taken crime scene photos at the Montgomery’s house. The jury viewed these photos, as well as spent shotgun shells found at the scene, and other evidence.

Unlike other officers at the scene, Chavies conducted a search of the house after the shooting. When the defense asked Chavies if there was any obvious sign of a struggle in the house, he answered no.

Creech testified that Jennifer had inquired with him about a divorce a year before the incident. Later on, he met with the couple to work on the terms of the divorce. He said Colin had been agreeable to the terms, and they were able to come to a settlement. 

The Montgomerys signed the divorce papers the day of the shooting. Creech testified that after a general question about the settlement that day, Colin still seemed agreeable to the divorce.

Prosecution called their last witness of the day after court had reconvened around 1:30 p.m. Lippincott took the stand and testified to the condition of Jennifer’s body at the time of the autopsy. 

Lippincott began her testimony by telling the jury that there were three shotgun wounds on Jennifer’s body. 

One wound was a few inches below the left clavicle, which caused a collapsed lung and damage to the upper ribs. Another was on the lower back towards the center of the torso. Lippincott said this caused a large amount of internal bleeding. 

The last wound was on the outside rib on the right side. The pellets from the shotgun, she said, traveled up and through the body, finally exiting through the right arm, causing a broken humerus.

All three entry wounds followed a similar pattern where they entered and traveled up through the body, said Lippincott. This evidence gives possible clues to the position of the victim when the shooting took place. 

Lippincott said the wounds and abrasion caused were enough to term that Jennifer’s cause of death was from the shotgun wounds. 

Lippincott also noted that the victim had no alcohol or drugs in her system during the time of the autopsy.