Outside the courtroom Monday afternoon, Detroit EMT Kelly Adams shared an embrace with family members of Dantoya White. Both women are victims of violent crimes allegedly committed by the same man, almost 10 years apart.
Michael Montgomery, 30, sat facing away from Adams as she described how a medical run on Oct. 20 quickly turned into a frightening encounter with him.
"He was swinging and my partner was swinging his hand. Blood was going everywhere," she described.
Adams said Montgomery became belligerent when she told him he could not ride in the ambulance with his girlfriend they were trying to help. He threw punches at her and her partner, Alfredo Rojas, she said, before he started stabbing them.
"He cut me in the corner of my ear and sliced down my face with the box-cutter," Adams testified.
Montgomery will stand trial on seven felony counts - including assault with intent to murder - in that case.
Also in court to testify against Montgomery was a young woman who said she saw him nearly 10 years ago, two days before 16-year-old Dantoya White's half-naked body was found in an alley near Joy and Evergreen. That witness was just 16 years old herself at the time.
Kelly Johnson said she was walking to the dollar store when she saw Montgomery and a young woman walking through the alley. Johnson said Montgomery was walking behind the woman with his hand covering her mouth.
"It just frightened me to see that in the alley," she said.
Detroit police were called to the scene on Jan. 1, 2006. Montgomery was charged with sexual assault and murder after DNA evidence linked him to the cold case.
Montgomery is due back in court Dec. 7 on both cases.
He will be back in court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing in a 2005 sexual assault case. The victim is expected to testify.