Appeals Court Upholds Montgomery Murder Convictions
The 2007 booking photo of Demeatrius Montgomery. The North Carolina Court of Appeals has denied the appeal of Demeatrius Montgomery. Montgomery is serving two life sentences for the murders of two Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officers in 2007. His lawyers argued that a lower court judge was wrong in ruling he was competent to stand trial. Montgomery wouldn't talk to his attorneys and they said that indicated a mental illness. The three judge panel agreed with the lower court. Mecklenburg County Assistant DA Glenn Cole was on the team that prosecuted Montgomery. "Frankly we believed the court would hold our way," says Cole. "We had good judges who made good decisions, so we felt pretty good about the outcome. But it's really nice to have it in hand." Montgomery's attorneys also argued the testimony of the officer's widows shouldn't have been allowed. The court of appeals disagreed. Montgomery was convicted of the murders in 2010.