Murder Suspects Arrainged in Colbert County

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LaDontae Montgomery (left); Damien Shipley (right)

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Two of the three men charged in the February shooting death of a Sheffield man were in court Thursday morning in Colbert County for arraignment.

Damien Shipley, 23, is charged with capital murder, while LaDontae Montgomery, 21, is charged with murder.

Dressed in orange jumpsuits and shackled, Shipley and Montgomery left the Colbert County Courthouse headed back to jail.

Both men appeared in Judge Jackie Hatcher’s courtroom.

After objecting to the indictment, which was handed down in July, attorneys for Damien Shipley entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

Judge Hatcher noted the objection of how the grand jury indictment was handled, and over-ruled the motion.

During Montgomery’s appearance, his attorney filed a motion asking the judge to grant youthful offender status in his murder case.

Both men are accused of forcing their way into a Sheffield residence in February of this year and robbing the people inside.

During the robbery, investigators say Dorian Hamilton, 28, was shot and killed.

Fernando King, 32, has also been indicted in connection with the murder, he awaits trial in January.

Judge Hatcher has not set a trial date yet for Damien Shipley.

The youthful offender status hearing for LaDontae Montgomery has also not been set.

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