Charges dropped against man accused in West Chester shooting
WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WXIX) - A Cincinnati man is no longer facing charges in connection with a shooting Wednesday at a West Chester Apartment Complex.
At a hearing Friday, the charges against Courtney Montgomery were officially dropped because of conflicting evidence and lack of probable cause.
Montgomery had been arrested on aggravated robbery and felonious assault charges.
His attorney, Clyde Bennett, says Montgomery was lured to an apartment on Fountains Boulevard to be robbed.
He went there for a “night of romance” after meeting two women online, Bennett told FOX19 NOW.
Earlier in the week, police said Montgomery forced his way into the apartment, ultimately shooting one of the women.
Bennett said what really happened is Montgomery arrived at the apartment, walked in the door, and one of the women already had a gun pointed at him with the intent to rob the 33-year-old.
Montgomery managed to disarm the woman holding the gun and then used it to defend himself, his attorney says.
West Chester police say after Montgomery was located and arrested, detectives continued to work the case and uncovered new evidence showing the shooting was not a home invasion as originally reported in a 911 call and to responding police officers.
Investigators confirmed Montgomery was the man involved in the shooting but other descriptions of his actions were found to be inaccurate, according to West Chester police.
Police say, in the interest of justice, the department requested that the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office drop all charges against Montgomery.
West Chester police say their investigation continues in cooperation with the Butler County Prosecutor’s Office to identify those responsible and make sure they are held accountable.
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