Kentucky man accused of killing sister-in-law with a hammer in unprovoked attack

Joey Montgomery
Joey Montgomery

A Grant County man who previously threatened law enforcement officers allegedly killed his sister-in-law with a hammer, police said.

The most recent incident occurred last month at a Williamstown home, where deputies learned Joey Montgomery, 42, was beating a woman with a hammer, according to his arrest citation. When a deputy arrived, Robinson was being detained by family in the garage, court records said.

The sheriff’s department determined that Montgomery had struck the woman in the head multiple times with a ball-peen hammer, a type of hammer used for metal working, the suspect’s arrest citation stated.

Multiple witnesses told the sheriff’s office the woman was in a massage chair in the living room at the time of the assault, which was unprovoked, according to court documents.

Local 12 reported Montgomery was working in the garage with his brother, Ken, prior to the attack.

“Basically, he disappeared out of the garage, and the next thing he knew, there were screams inside of the house and that’s when he went in and ... found what had happened,” Grant County Deputy Chief Brian Maines told Local 12.

The woman, identified by Local 12 as Kimberly Montgomery, 48, was eventually flown to University of Cincinnati Hospital.

Kimberly Montgomery, who was employed by the Grant County Board of Education as a food service worker, died at the hospital Friday, according to her obituary.

According to a GoFundMe page set up for Kimberly Montgomery’s funeral expenses, “her injuries from an unspeakable act of violence were too much to recover from.” She had two children with her husband, Ken.

Her brother-in-law, Joey Montgomery, was arrested and initially charged with assault. When Kimberley died, his charges were upgraded to murder.

The deputy chief first encountered Joey Montgomery in 2007 when he walked into the sheriff’s office, pointed a shotgun at him and demanded money, according to Local 12. Maines shot him in the leg.

In 2009, he was found guilty of wanton endangerment of a police officer in Grant County.

Earlier this year, Montgomery was found guilty of criminal trespassing in both Harrison County and Scott County, according to court documents. He was also charged early last month with third-degree assault in Bourbon County.