An Alabama man is facing a capital murder charge after police say he killed his wife on Sunday and left her body behind an Alabama high school.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, an officer patrolling the area found the body of 31-year-old Megan Montgomery at an athletic complex behind Mountain Brook High School in Mountain Brook, at around 4:30 a.m. on Sunday. Officials pronounced her dead at around 4:59 a.m.
On Monday, authorities detained the victim’s estranged husband. According to defense attorney Tommy Spina, the suspect has been identified as former Hoover Police Department officer, Jason McIntosh.
On Wednesday, authorities charged McIntosh with capital murder. AL.com reports that a dispute broke out between Montgomery and McIntosh, which led to a brutal shooting. Authorities said McIntosh shot his estranged wife numerous times, including in the back and in the head.
According to Mountain Brook Police Chief Ted Cook, Montgomery was likely killed in the same parking lot where she was found.
“There was blood in the area and there was other physical evidence that led us to believe she was shot in the parking lot,’’ Cook said.
Security footage reportedly showed McIntosh walk to a table at the Courtyard 280 restaurant in Birmingham on Sunday evening, where McIntosh sat with friends. The pair spoke briefly and McIntosh ended up leaving with him.
“She’s not held, she’s not forced,’’ Cook said. “We do have video all the way to the vehicle.”
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Cook added that McIntosh probably drove straight to the athletic complex since it was dark and unoccupied at the time. Police later found Montgomery’s car, phone, and credit cards at the restaurant.
History of Domestic Violence
Court records indicate that McIntosh and Montgomery married in February 2018. Within a year they were separated. In February 2019, police responded to a domestic disturbance call and found Montgomery with a gunshot wound to her arm. McIntosh told authorities that they were wrestling over the gun during a domestic dispute, and the gun accidentally fired.
Montgomery was treated and released from UAB following the incident. McIntosh, who was an officer with the Hoover Police Department at the time, was placed on administrative leave while authorities investigated the incident. He later resigned.
Montgomery didn’t press charges against McIntosh, but in March 2019, she obtained a restraining order against him. He also obtained a restraining order against her.
Montgomery filed for divorce in May but the case was still pending when she died.
In May, the pair got into another domestic dispute. Police found Montgomery with scratches and bruising, and subsequently charged McIntosh with third-degree domestic violence. He bonded out of jail the following day.
“The female party sustained injuries (scrapes and red marks) but refused medical attention. The husband, Jason Bragg McIntosh was taken into custody and charged with Domestic Violence 3rd degree,” the Hoover Police Department said in May, according to NBC 13.
McIntosh is currently being held at the Mountain Brook jail. Under Alabama law, a suspect can be charged with capital murder if the crime happened after the victim obtained a restraining order.
Montgomery was the daughter of Johnny “Ironman” Montgomery, an eight-time contender in the World Championship IRONMAN triathlon. She was a founding member of the GBHS Young Professionals Board and spent time volunteering at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.
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