The Widows Speak

[Original coverage from September 2010]

CHARLOTTE, NC — It was an emotional day at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse as the murdered officers’ widows took the stand.

Sherry Clark went first, Sean’s wife. Prosecutors asked her to describe the last time she saw her husband, Sean, alive.”

The night of the shooting, March 31st, 2007, Sherry Clark was pregnant with the couple’s second child.

She says before leaving for work, Sean kissed her belly and their older son told his dad, “go get the bad guys, go keep us safe.”

Sherry says her husband then left for work, and never came home again.

Jennifer Shelton took the stand next. She remembered going to bed early that night, only to be woken up at 1am by two officers knocking at the door.

When she arrived at the hospital, she got a chance to see Jeff. He was attached to machines, but doctors said he had no brain activity.

Jennifer held his hand one last time before he died.

The suspect, 28-year-old Demeatrius Montgomery, wore slacks, a white dress shirt and a tie in court.

He either stared straight ahead or kept his head down while eight people testified.

Many recounted hearing gun shots that night. One woman even saying that after, she saw both of the officers lying in the parking lot at the timber ridge apartments, both with their weapons still in their holsters.

One of the other emotional parts of today’s trial was when prosecutors played audio clips from police radios the night of the shooting. In it, you can hear dispatchers calling for Officers Clark and Shelton before ultimately realizing that both men had been shot.

One of the officers in the courtroom today left shortly after hearing that audio, telling me it was “very very hard to hear.”

-Story by Morgan Fogarty