A Tipton County judge denied setting a bond for Chastain Montgomery, Sr. Montgomery is the man sources tell FOX13 confessed to the Henning post office murders back in October. Law enforcement will not confirm that, but a judge did say more charges were coming.
Earlier this week, Chastain Montgomery Sr. stumbled upon on crime scene, and police say he committed several crimes while he was there. Because of that, he was arrested and charged with 3 felonies. And, it seems the charges are mounting.
A disheveled Chastain Montgomery Sr. entered the Tipton County courtroom in shackles around his hands and feet.
Judge William Peeler asked, "Mr. Montgomery, you're Chastain Montgomery?" He answered, "Yes sir."
For the first time, he's facing a judge on charges stemming from a shootout Monday in Mason, Tennessee involving his 18-year old son. Chastain Montgomery Junior exited a stolen vehicle with handguns in both hands, firing at police. A Sheriff's deputy returned fire, killing Montgomery Jr.
"You've got several charges against you placed by the state of Tennessee," the judge told Chastain.
Montgomery Sr. is accused of charging the crime scene, tampering with evidence and resisting arrest. Police say he is also guilty of harboring a fugitive, his son, and being in possession of stolen property, since they found dye stained money on him and his son's body.
"Mr. Montgomery, do you have an attorney," Peeler asked. "I will have one," Montgomery answered.
The Henning, Tennessee native told a judge his family will hire an attorney. Outside the courtroom, his uncle told reporters Montgomery's mother, who still lives in Henning, was overwhelmed and shocked
"He was an excellent child growing up, never gave my brother, his father, any trouble, his mother either, very respectful," his uncle Marvin Montgomery said.
Another distant family member has a similar memory of the elder Montgomery.
Cousin Ella Weber called him, "Quiet, mannerable, respectable. He was just a good child."
The alleged confession he's made about murdering 33-year old Paula Robinson and 58-year old Judy Spray in the Henning post office back in October is the talk of the small, quiet town.
Henning resident Rhonda Adams sat in Friday's hearing. Afterwards, she saids, "I wouldn't dare confess to something I didn't do. That's a serious matter."
While law enforcement won't go on the record about the confession, a judge shed light that there is more to come for Mr. Montgomery.
Judge Peeler said, "[Tipton County] Sheriff Chumley has made me aware that you remain under investigation, that there are other issues being looked at by the sheriff's department and the TBI, and that it is likely there are additional charges that are going to be brought against you."
Because Montgomery is still under investigation and more charges are forthcoming, the court did not set a bond. He will appear in court again on March 1 with his attorney. If he has not hired one by then, he will be appointed one.
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