Here’s What You Need To Know About Harmony Montgomery Murder Case

During jury selection for his trial on Tuesday, the New Hampshire father who is accused of killing his 5-year-old daughter by beating her and concealing the crime for almost two years made a smiling appearance in court.

Here's What You Need To Know About Harmony Montgomery Murder Case

In 2022, Adam Montgomery entered a not-guilty plea to the allegations that he killed his daughter Harmony Montgomery and moved her body for several months before getting rid of it.

According to New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella, he allegedly struck the girl in the head on December 7, 2019, with a closed fist, “recklessly causing the death of Harmony Montgomery, a person under 13 years of age, under circumstances manifesting an extreme indifference in the value of human life.”

Tuesday morning saw the start of the jury selection process in the Manchester, New Hampshire courtroom for Adam Montgomery’s murder trial.

Montgomery was seen grinning and sticking his tongue out as he was led into the courtroom in pictures from the proceedings.

Before the jury selection process, Judge Amy Messer reportedly asked Montgomery if he would want to be shackled rather than wear a leg brace. This was reported by FOX 25 in Boston.

“I was surprised this morning that you preferred not to wear the leg brace, and you wanted to wear the leg shackles,” Messer reportedly said to Montgomery.

“That’s correct,” the defendant responded.

“The shackles may be evident to the jurors,” Messer said. “Do you understand that?”

Montgomery responded, “I do.”

After spending hours sorting through 120 potential jurors, the court and lawyers from both sides were able to reduce the pool to 27, according to the station. That figure should be further reduced to 12 plus five alternates before to Wednesday’s opening comments.

Prosecutors claim Montgomery purchased 80 pounds of lime, a power grinder, and a diamond-edged blade at two Home Depot locations approximately a week before his alleged rental of a U-Haul truck and disposal of Harmony’s remains in an unidentified site outside of Boston. Montgomery is contesting these allegations.

In court documents, the defence stated that there is no proof linking Montgomery to the murder and that lime is a singular purchase.

At the time of Harmony’s alleged murder, according to investigators, the Montgomery family was living in a car and was homeless. Montgomery is also accused of storing his daughter’s remains in a duffle bag and cooler after the incident. He then moved them from one makeshift flat to another before getting rid of her.

Prosecutors claim in court filings that Kayla Montgomery, Harmony’s stepmother and the now-divorced wife of Montgomery, told investigators her husband thought the lime would assist Harmony’s body disintegrate covertly.

Formella was indicted by a grand jury in January of last year on charges of second-degree murder.

Montgomery is suspected of repeatedly punching the youngster in the head to kill her, according to the criminal complaint.

In relation to the girl’s disappearance, Kayla Montgomery is also charged with lying to a grand jury and receiving welfare benefits for the girl even after her death.

There is no sign of Harmony’s remains.

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