The convict father of missing five-year-old Harmony Montgomery grinned and stuck out his tongue as his murder trial over the disappearance of his young daughter opened Tuesday.
Adam Montgomery, who is already serving 30 years in prison for separate firearms charges, strolled into the courtroom without handcuffs and wore a large smile on his face as prosecutors began jury selection.
Despite a media circus surrounding Harmony’s disappearance, which came in December 2019 but was only reported in November 2021, officials say they are confident they will be able to fill a full jury and are not concerned over impartiality.
Montgomery was charged with Harmony’s murder almost three years after she vanished, as prosecutors claim he repeatedly beat the child to death with a closed fist after she wet herself in a car that they were living in.
Adam Montgomery stuck his tongue out and grinned as his murder trial begun with jury selection on Tuesday
The convict appeared carefree and strolled through the courtroom without handcuffs, as he faces murder charges over the disappearance of his five-year-old daughter Harmony
Harmony vanished in December 2019, however her disappearance was only realized by authorities in November 2021
The disappearance of Harmony sparked a nationwide manhunt across America over two years ago, as images of the half-blind child were plastered across cities in hopes of finding her.
But according to the father’s charging documents, Adam murdered his daughter shortly after he was evicted around Thanksgiving 2019, along with Harmony and her stepmother, Kayla.
After they began living in his car, Adam would get ‘extremely upset’ when Harmony had several bathroom accidents in the vehicle, and would frequently strike her when she did, Kalya told investigators.
On the last such occasion on December 7, 2019, prosecutors say he beat her with a closed fist to the head and face, and only stopped when he realized he had caused fatal damage.
‘Kayla stated that after the final blow, Adam said words to the effect of that he felt something or heard something when he hit Harmony, and, ‘I think I really hurt her this time. I think I did something,” the probable cause statement claimed.
‘Harmony began making a moaning type noise which went on for roughly five minutes and then stopped.
‘At no time did anyone stop or get Harmony medical attention as a result of this assault.’
He then allegedly hid Harmony’s body in several locations. The little girl’s remains have never been found.
Prosecutors claim Adam fatally beat Harmony to death after she had a bathroom accident in a car they were living in after their eviction
As his trial begins this week, Montgomery now faces charges of second-degree murder, assault, witness tampering, falsifying physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse.
When he strolled into the courtroom appearing carefree, Judge Amy Messer offered him the chance to wear a leg brace instead of large shackles throughout the trial.
‘The shackles may be evident to the jurors. Do you understand that?’ Messer asked, to which he responded: ‘I do.’
Jurors were presented with a long list of potential witnesses that could be brought in the month-long trial, and were quizzed over whether they knew any.
Montgomery has denied any involvement in his daughter’s death, and blamed mistakes in his life for his legal challenges when he was sentenced on gun charges in August.
‘I could have had a meaningful life, but I blew that opportunity through drugs,’ he said.
While the alleged murder is believed to have happened in late 2019, Harmony’s disappearance was only discovered by authorities after her mother Crystal Sorey alerted police, saying she hadn’t seen her in over two years.
Crystal Sorey (right) – Harmony’s biological mother – lost custody of the young girl in 2018 because of her drug addiction. She reported her missing two years after Harmony was last seen alive
Montgomery is currently serving 30 years in prison for firearms offenses, but now faces charges of second-degree murder, assault, witness tampering, falsifying physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse
Harmony had been taken out of her mother’s care due to drug problems, but questions were later raised over the custody system after she was placed in the care of Adam, who had been released from prison previously in 2015.
As the manhunt for Harmony went on, DailyMail.com revealed members of the FBI stormed Montgomery’s home, hauling out evidence, including a fridge, from the apartment last summer.
Months prior, as suspicion fell on Adam, he was slapped with a number of charges and was jailed that January in connection with a second-degree assault charge involving his daughter, including failing to have her in his custody and endangering her welfare.
In April, he was hit with further charges of stealing a rifle and a shotgun before Harmony’s disappearance.
His estranged wife, 31, has been charged with welfare fraud after taking out food stamps in the child’s name after she was last seen alive.