Authorities say Travis Montgomery killed his mother Renae and nearly killed his father Wade in their mobile home in Haleyville on Sunday night. They were discovered on Monday morning around 5 a.m. when a relative heard Wade's screams for help.
Renae Montgomery, 45, was found dead on the scene. Her husband Wade was airlifted to UAB Hospital where he is listed in serious but stable condition for stab wounds to the chest and a punctured lung.
Travis was arrested around 11 a.m. on Monday in Haleyville and charged with murder and attempted murder of his mom and dad.
On Tuesday, the charge against Travis was upgraded from murder to capital murder in his mother's death.
Authorities say he not only attacked his parents, but he also stole his dad's pickup truck, a Smith and Wesson pistol and the knife allegedly used in the attacks.
While sitting in Circuit Judge Lee Carter's court, Travis was very quiet except when asked questions by the judge, who sent him back to jail without bond.
Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams says that Travis is not on suicide watch. Travis's court-appointed attorney Tony Glenn is expected to ask for a preliminary hearing. In the meantime, Judge Carter has ordered Travis to undergo a mental evaluation.
If Travis is convicted, he could be sentenced to life without parole, but not the death penalty.
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