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4/29/2010 12:31:00 PM
Woman shot, killed in Cornville
Courtesy Clay HarperThe street was blocked as deputies investigated the scene of the Wednesday shooting.
Courtesy Clay Harper

The street was blocked as deputies investigated the scene of the Wednesday shooting.
Suspect David Montague
Suspect David Montague

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

CORNVILLE - A bevy of Yavapai County Sheriff's deputies gathered in Cornville's Lower Oak Creek Estates Wednesday to conduct a murder investigation. A main residential street, Kadomoto Drive, was cordoned off for nearly 15 hours.

A 46-year-old woman, identified as Vonda Adams, was shot and killed about 1 p.m. during what appears to be a domestic dispute in the 2600 block of Kadomoto Drive. The Verde Valley Fire Department determined the woman had been killed, and turned the scene over to the Yavapai Sheriff's Office. The street was blocked off with crime scene tape and with a half-dozen investigators and patrolman interviewed witnesses and the suspect.

The suspect in the killing is David Montague, 66.

The Sheriff's Office Command Vehicle and officers remained at the trailer house and continued their investigation until about 2:30 a.m. Thursday.

Adams was found lying on the kitchen floor with an apparent gunshot wound to her upper body.

Witnesses told deputies that Montague, who owns the home, shot Adams. Montague remained at the house and was detained.

Detectives recovered a handgun apparently used by Montague during the shooting inside the home. After their initial investigation, detectives arrested Montague on a single count of first-degree murder and booked him at the Camp Verde Detention Center.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the home and remained on scene throughout the evening conducting interviews and gathering evidence.

The victim and suspect knew each other, and detectives are attempting to determine what circumstances may have been a factor in the killing.

Montague was due in court Thursday for his initial appearance.

Montague has no criminal record.

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