A 30-year-old man serving 30 years in prison for murder after stabbing a church music director 92 times has been linked to a cold case after a DNA match.
Tommy Montgomery was in a Charleston County court Monday to face a bond court judge on charges tied to a 2006 unsolved murder. The State Law Enforcement Division says it was able to link Montgomery to the July 2006 murder of 43-year-old Pamela W. Fyall through DNA tests.
A court affidavit states that Fyall was found dead behind a vacant wooden structure on Morris Street. An autopsy revealed that the victim's cause of death was due to a laceration to her throat with blunt trauma to her head.
On July 23, 2006, a witness said that she heard some type of noise around 4 a.m. but could not make it out. Around 10:45 a.m., the witness went to the Dereef Court and discovered Fyall's body.
DNA from the suspect was found at the crime scene and later was matched to Montgomery, who has been serving time for a Dec. 2009 murder.
"It feels kind of better for me, my brother, my sister, my family to find answers instead of going out there to get answers, even though it's been awhile," said Fyall's son Quintin Washington.
"When Sgt. Goldstein told me there was an arrest I wasn't surprised because I knew God is in charge, and when you do things in the dark it always comes in the light," said the victim's sister Paulette Stanley.
In the North Charleston case, authorities say Montgomery became enraged and attacked Brandon Jamison, stabbing him to death. An autopsy revealed that Jamison was stabbed 92 times which included several defensive wounds to the hands and 26 wounds to the back. According to investigators, after the stabbing, Montgomery stole Jamison's vehicle and fled the scene.
Montgomery turned himself in at the North Charleston Police Department the next morning and confessed to killing Jamison.
According to doctors, Montgomery suffered from depression and post traumatic stress disorder. Montgomery will serve the full sentence in the South Carolina Department of Corrections and will receive psychiatric treatment while in prison.
Jamison, was the music director at the church that Montgomery attended. In the summer of 2009, Montgomery needed a place to stay, and Jamison allowed Montgomery to live in his apartment.