A person disposed of his five-year-old daughter’s physique “prefer it was trash” after brutally beating her to demise, a US courtroom has heard.
Concord Montgomery was final seen in 2019 however New Hampshire Police didn’t study she was lacking till December 2021.
Attorneys for Adam Montgomery, 34, say he didn’t hurt his daughter, whose physique has by no means been discovered, and the final individual to see Concord alive – his estranged spouse – won’t say what occurred.
Police mentioned Concord was killed on 7 December 2019, having selected the date following interviews with the spouse, Kayla.
Adam Montgomery pleaded not responsible to costs of second-degree homicide, abuse of a corpse, falsifying bodily proof, assault and witness tampering in relation to his daughter in 2022.
The 34-year-old declined to attend the opening statements as his trial started on Thursday.
Talking by way of videolink the day earlier than, he instructed a decide that his attorneys had been acknowledging guilt on the fees of falsifying bodily proof and abusing a corpse.
He mentioned in courtroom final yr, whereas going through an unrelated cost, that he didn’t kill his daughter.
Concord’s mother and father weren’t collectively when she was born in 2014 and she or he lived on and off with foster mother and father and her mom, earlier than her father was given custody in February 2019.
Concord lived with Montgomery, his new spouse Kayla and their two youthful youngsters.
The household had been evicted from their house and moved into their automotive 10 days earlier than Concord died, prosecutor Christopher Knowles mentioned.
On the day of her demise, Mr Knowles mentioned Montogomery punched his daughter a number of occasions after she had two accidents.
Following the second, he took her to a fast-food restaurant the place he did medicine whereas the five-year-old was at the back of the automotive, the courtroom heard.
Later that day the automotive broke down, which is when Montgomery and his spouse found Concord had died, Knowles mentioned.
The prosecution mentioned Montgomery then put his daughter’s physique in a duffel bag within the boot of the automotive. He then allegedly moved it between areas for the subsequent few months, together with the hallway of his mother-in-law’s house and a freezer.
Her stays had been finally put right into a tote bag and Montgomery tried to interrupt them aside and get rid of them utilizing DIY instruments, in response to the prosecution.
“He believed that if there was no physique, there may very well be no proof of the horrible issues that he did to her, and he would get away with it,” Knowles mentioned.
Montgomery’s spouse is serving an 18-month sentence after pleading responsible to perjury costs and is predicted to testify in opposition to him.
The trial is predicted to final the remainder of the month and Montgomery, who was sentenced final yr to a minimal of 32-and-a-half years in jail on gun costs, may withstand life in jail on the second-degree homicide cost.