Lauderdale County Man Charged in Double Murder

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LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - A man is charged with two counts of capital murder in Lauderdale County.

Mark Edwin Montgomery is charged with the murder of Joanna Strickland Butler and Clo Ann Taylor Stoner, who were found dead inside a home on County Road 10 on Monday afternoon.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the home early Monday afternoon.

Deputies say Montgomery led them on a car chase shortly after they went to the home.  The chase lasted nearly 30 minutes, but ended when he returned to County Road 10, just about a hundred yards from the scene of the double murder.

Montgomery is being held in the Lauderdale County Detention Center.


      • Wake Up

        Mary, I was in my home at 6:00pm when the news reported that he had a rifle. It really is that easy!

    • Linda Danford

      Please give it à rest!! For Goodness sake it is ashame that the two women didnt have à gun an, or if they didnt know how to use one Its realy Sad becouce maybe they would have had à chance to save there life’s.

    • JOHN DOE

      @ Wake Up: Only one guy had a gun (the accused murderer) but the other two were unarmed. Wouldn’t it be more accurate to say “unarmed land”?

  • Jim Simpson

    If we had gun control laws like Chicago and New York, things like this wouldn’t happen, we all know their safe up there. Jim Simpson

    • Red

      They are not safe up there Jimmy. But it’s not because of their gun control laws. You and every other brainwashed minion on here spouting the same gun propaganda don’t even have your own opinions on the matter. The best you can do is just repeat a talking point.

    • Wake Up

      Jim, people in Chicago are much safer than here in Huntsville.

      The Chicago Police Department said Wednesday that in 2013 the city recorded the fewest killings since 1965 and saw its overall crime rate fall to level not seen since 1972.

      The city, which ended the year with a 16 percent drop in crime, saw the numbers of violent crimes, including robbery, aggravated battery and criminal sexual assault drop significantly — some by double digits— as well as drops in burglary and motor vehicle theft. But it has been the city’s homicide rate, especially the toll on young people, that has captured national attention.

      Some of you will need to look somewhere other than Fox news for your new talking points — that one is out dated!

    • HLC

      Jim Simpson,
      Please pull you head out of the sand, gun control is not an answer to any crime. Do your research the crime rate is out of control in the locations you reference. Criminals break laws, DUH. WAKE UP.

  • tazz

    Look Jim you have got to be an Obama love to talk about we need gun control I would love to see someone try to come and take my guns it will be a cold day in hell before that happens ( remember guns don’t kill people dumb a#$ es with guns kill people.if you don’t like it then move to chicago or new York.

    • Molon Labe

      It’s called sarcasm, for God’s sake. His point was that gun control obviously doesn’t work and he’s right.

    • Linda Danford

      Well said Tazz. And dang what about those cars that get drunk an run over people an kill them? Can these nuts not see there is no different in Saying that. As to Saying the guns are going out an killing people….The day will never come that I will give my guns up…..

  • Steve Fuller

    Here at Fullers gun and ammo. We can not only teach you self defense. We also have plenty of ammo. Come see us……

  • Linda Danford

    I dont think that is any of your concern…Thank you ..You realy should read the remark that I was replying to befor you make such à remark, or before you try to play the roll of an Detective. You accuse someone of something like that could verry well get charges brought againest you that remark was verry childesh an uncalled for. You know the worst thing about your stupied remark is those two ladys have family an to see someone like you wont to paly detective at there time of pain….I will say a prayer for you tonight so maybe tomarrow you will have à better train of thought…God bless this family an please help them through this painfull time lord an please give the the strenght they need to over look people like this pearson with such remarks…Amén

  • AE

    Two women are dead shot by a man armed with a gun. Your anger towards comments calling for gun control are irresponsible, ignorant but most of all deeply disrespectful and the reason women are vulnerable to die like this time and time again day after to day. And then there are the school shootings… Take your energies away from hate and educate yourself. Let’s save these lives. Violence is a deadly problem.

  • ricky

    two people were killed today and all yall can do is argue how stupid and disrespectful.Yall need to grow up now if those ladies families get on here they are gonna see all this argueing there is some sorry people in this world how would yall like it if something like this happened to yalks family and yall seen people talking like this about it thibk before you say.

    • dmil72

      I understood your sarcasm, Jim. The libs around here didn’t, I guess. But it really doesn’t surprise me too much, seeing that liberalism is a mental disorder, they may not be mentally developed enough to understand sarcasm…

  • tim

    Chicago safer ? WHAT A MORON ! saying homicides were down sounds good. 500 Down to 415. That’s right ONLY 415 homicides ! sounds safe to me… lmao at these stupid liberals….

  • be mellow

    Guns cause crime and if we take guns away from people who haven’t broken the law yet, then criminals will also not have guns somehow. Gun-free zones also protect people from criminals, who we’re sure won’t enter “gun-free zones” for some reason. Unless they do…. Which proves the problem is actually law abiding gun owners somehow or another. And that’s why we need more and more gun laws until all the people who obey gun laws can’t have guns any more, which will save us from criminals and crazy people who don’t care about the law.

  • doodlesockin

    Editor: The photo on the front page lead-in is of a Dr. charged with DUI yesterday; not of the accused murderer.

  • SB

    Y’all chill. Jim was being sarcastic but saying that people in Chicago are NY are safer because of the gun laws. Read between the lines you morons.

    Sadly enough, this is not about the two women who got killed. This is about all the people who got murdered without being able to defend themselves. Do you really think that wife beater would have attacked those two poor women if they were armed?? Hell no! He is a coward and if those women were armed, he would have fled.

    And for those who are saying that it will be a cold day in hell before anyone can take their guns, guess what? The only way you can keep your guns is by voting them liberals out of office and not by shooting your way to owning guns, otherwise, you’ll just be another moron with a gun…

  • Dee

    To the families and loved ones of those who were murdered:

    I am very sorry for your loss. I realize, as I have also lost immediate family members to murder, that no amount of sorrow from another person will lessen the pain you feel. I realize that nothing anyone else can say will lessen the pain. It takes time, introspection, and a realization that crazy things happen in this world. Don’t take on the burden of their death, just know that your loved ones are always with you.

    One old cliche that helped me through the hard times that turned out to be rather true is, “Time heals all wounds”. You will never forget about your loved ones, you’ll never lose those precious memories that you had with them, and you’ll never stop dreaming about them. But, the pain associated with thinking about how you lost them, about how much you miss them, and about how you wish you could have changed the circumstances will diminish in time. My prayers, love, and healing thoughts are with the loved ones of this tragic loss.

    To the people who left disrespectful comments in this thread:

    I don’t think anyone could be more disrespectful of others, than people acting like this. If you were not hidden behind a computer screen, you would never have the audacity to say these things. A young woman, 21 years old, just lost her mother to cold blooded murder. And you all can’t find something nicer to say than ranting about killing rates and asking exactly how they were killed?

    How insensitive can one human be? Seriously, it is very very sad that people no longer think about how their comments could and DO effect others. What if the daughter of the mother who was killed were to look at this news article and read these extremely insensitive and cold comments that are posted here. How do you think that would make her feel? Regardless, anyone close to the people that were taken from this world in this tragic way, would be hurt by these comments. Wake up and take a moment to think about who might read your comments. If you don’t have anything nice to say, then just don’t say anything at all!

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