Army takes over prosecution in soldier slaying

March 15, 2013
photo - Sgt. Montrell Mayo Photo by CSPD
Sgt. Montrell Mayo Photo by CSPD 

Army officers rather than civilian prosecutors will handle the case of a Fort Carson sergeant accused of killing another soldier at an off-post, southern Colorado Springs hotel.

Army prosecutors at Fort Carson requested to take over the case against Sgt. Montrell Mayo, said Lee Richards, a spokeswoman for the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Mayo is accused of killing Cpl. Kimberly Walker, a soldier with the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade from Fort Riley, Kan. She was found strangled on Feb. 17 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, near Circle Drive and Interstate 25. There were rose petals on the floor of the room.

Her body was discovered after Mayo’s supervisor called the hotel to alert employees that Mayo had quarreled with his girlfriend on Feb. 14, according to his civilian arrest affidavit.

Army prosecutors suspect he killed Walker on Valentines Day by “striking and cutting her with a drinking glass and choking her,” according to Mayo’s military charge sheet.

The case was originally considered by civilian prosecutors with the 4th Judicial District, but charges were never formally filed, Richards said.

On Tuesday, the 4th Judicial District dismissed the case in lieu of a new set of charges issued under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

That same day, Fort Carson officials charged him with two specifications of murder — one of which includes premeditation, according to Mayo’s charge sheet. Fort Carson announced the charge on Friday.

Army officials have jurisdiction when it comes to misconduct cases of active-duty soldiers, according to a statement by Fort Carson officials.

“Fort Carson and civilian authorities worked together to determine who would prefer charges against Sgt. Mayo,” Fort Carson officials said in a statement. “... In this situation, it was appropriate because the crime was soldier on soldier.”

Richards said that Mayo’s civilian charges weren’t dismissed until the military placed a hold on him at the El Paso County jail — prohibiting him from leaving.

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