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The judge orders ‘all necessary steps’ for Adam Montgomery to appear at the hearing

April 21 – A Hillsborough County judge ordered Adam Montgomery will appear in court next month for his sentencing hearing after being convicted of murdering his 5-year-old daughter Harmony.

Judge Amy Messer said the sheriff’s office will “take all necessary steps” to ensure Montgomery appears at his sentencing hearing on May 9 at 1 p.m.

Messer issued the ruling after Montgomery requested an apology for maintaining his innocence on charges of second-degree murder, tampering with a witness and second-degree assault. Montgomery only appeared on the first day of jury selection before refusing to participate in the trial, which lasted just three weeks.

Messer cited state law that states, “The suspect must appear in person in court when the victim or the victim’s next of kin applies to the judge,” unless excused by the court.

“The only factual basis presented by the defendant is his claim that he is innocent of some of the charges,” Messer wrote. “However, the defendant has been found guilty of these charges by a jury beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Montgomery admitted to charges of abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Messer wrote during his sentencing hearing: “The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will take all necessary steps to ensure the suspect appears in a timely manner.”

Hillsborough County Sheriff Chris Connelly said Sunday that his office deals with inmates refusing to go to court every day.

“Not everyone is always interested in going to court,” he says.

The sheriff declined to go into details about how this will be enforced if Montgomery refuses transportation. The deputies do not enter the jail, but pick up inmates in a reception area, he said.

“We will work with our partners at the New Hampshire Department of Corrections,” Connelly said.

Last week, correctional officers spoke out against a bill aimed at forcing a suspect to be present for the reading of the verdict and sentencing. They said it would be too risky, especially if the prisoner had to be restrained.

Public defender Caroline Smith asked Messer to excuse Montgomery as he maintained his innocence.

Prosecutor Benjamin Agati pushed back, saying Montgomery does not have the right to skip sentencing because of state law, RSA 651:4-a.

Crystal Sorey, Harmony’s biological mother, has previously said she is ready to face Montgomery at his sentencing.

Johnathon Bobbitt-Miller, who adopted Harmony’s brother Jamison along with husband Blair Miller, is also expected to make a victim impact statement on behalf of his family.

“You’ll have to meet us in person on May 9, Adam Montgomery. You will hear how you introduced murder into our family and how you forever took away the only constant in our son’s life: his protector, his sister. he wrote on February 23 on X. “We will speak on behalf of our son Jamison.”