Lauderdale Co. Murder Suspect Appears in Court, DA Describes Scene as “Awful”

Mark Edwin Montgomery shoots a glance at WHNT News 19 cameras as he is led into the courtroom Tuesday. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

Mark Edwin Montgomery shoots a glance at WHNT News 19 cameras as he is led into the courtroom Tuesday. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Less than 24 hours after his arrest, a Lauderdale County man made his first appearance in court Tuesday afternoon to answer to two counts of capital murder.

Mark Edwin Montgomery is accused of killing two women and a dog inside his brother’s home on Monday afternoon.

Mark Edwin Montgomery glares at WHNT News 19's camera as he is led into the courtroom Tuesday. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

Mark Edwin Montgomery glares at WHNT News 19’s camera as he is led into the courtroom Tuesday. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

During an initial appearance Tuesday in Judge Carole Medley’s courtroom, Montgomery was advised of his charges and rights under the law.  Judge Medley also appointed two attorneys to represent Montgomery.

New details are emerging about the crime, as investigators sort through statements and details of what led to Montgomery allegedly killing his girlfriend and his brother’s girlfriend inside home on County Road 10.

“Awful. Awful. Very awful,” said Lauderdale County District Attorney Chris Connolly. “Headshots to both the victims and then also killing a dog that was in the room with them, awful.”

Connolly confirmed to WHNT News 19 Tuesday, Mark Montgomery’s sister was also in the home at the time of the shootings.

According to Connolly, the sister called her other brother after the shootings took place.

“I know the brother was at work when he got the call and came out there and found the horrific scene that he found,” said Connolly.

Connolly says the brother then called authorities to the home and Mark Montgomery was quickly identified as the suspect.

Just before 3 p.m., authorities located Mark Montgomery and a car chase ensued.

“Minutes went by where this chase was very tense for law enforcement,” said Connolly.  “Our guys did a great job in following their procedures that they follow in a chase like this, and they had every reason to get him into custody because he was armed and he was dangerous.”

After a chase of more than 30 minutes, deputies caught Mark Montgomery outside a family member’s home, not far from the original crime scene.

An investigator leads Montgomery, right, to a patrol car. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

An investigator leads Mark Edwin Montgomery, right, to a patrol car. (Photo: Carter Watkins/WHNT News 19)

Deputies found a .22-caliber rifle and an AK-47 assault rifle inside Montgomery’s vehicle at the time of the arrest.

Investigators are still trying to determine what exactly led to the shooting.  Right now, they’ll only say there was a domestic argument going on.

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