Solicitor: Convict pleads guilty in 2006 murder case
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- A North Charleston man already serving time for the murder of his roommate, has now pleaded guilty to another murder, adding 40 years to his sentence.
Solicitor Scarlett Wilson announced that Tommy Montgomery pleaded guilty to the 2006 murder of 43-year-old Pamela Fyall. Judge Markley Dennis imposed a 40-year sentence for the crime.
Fyall was found dead in a downtown Charleston park on June 23, 2006. Police say Fyall was beaten and her throat slashed. Her lifeless body was eventually discovered behind a vacant, wooden structure at Dereef Park on Morris Street.
Medical examiners determined that she had been strangled, beaten and cut with a bottle found at the scene. After many potential leads, the case went cold.
On December 8, 2009, Montgomery was accused of killing his roommate, Brandon Jamison, stabbing him almost 100 times.
Montgomery pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder in that case and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Wilson said once incarcerated, Montgomery was forced to submit a DNA sample when he entered the prison system. His DNA was linked to the 2006 cold case Murder of Fyall.
Investigators say DNA recovered at the scene matches that of Montgomery. According to the affidavit, DNA matching Montgomery was recovered from Fyall's mouth and under her fingernails.
Wilson said investigators also lifted his fingerprints from the bottle that was used as the murder weapon found at the scene.
Assistant Solicitor Burns Wetmore prosecuted both cases and stated, "The collection of DNA from inmates when they enter the State prison system helps police investigators solve cases like this one, and helps prosecutors achieve some measure of closure for victims' families."