April 07, 2015
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A murder trial is underway more than three years after a toddler died after being taken to a Brunswick County hospital.
An autopsy showed Jaronn McAllister, 3, died of blunt force trauma on March 1, 2012. His mother's boyfriend Montey Murray, who had been caring for the boy the night before along with another man, took the child to Brunswick Novant Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead 15 minutes later. Investigators say Murray then left the hospital and later led law enforcement on a chase down US 17.
Murray's attorney, James Payne, made a number of pre-trial motions Monday. He says officers involved in the chase had no reasonable suspicion to pursue and detain Murray because they didn't know a homicide had been committed. The judge denied the motion to suppress that evidence.
"I know deep down, I know he didn't do it," Shervy Murray, Montey's mother, said. "If anything happened, he was helping the little boy because he took him to the hospital."
In August 2013, a grand jury indicted Murray on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse. Murray is also charged with drug possession, fleeing to elude, assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, according to the Brunswick County Jail website.
The NC Department of Correction website shows Murray has a criminal history that includes convictions for robbery and drugs.