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Hammer attack victim, ex-boyfriend in court


It was a week and a half ago when police said a woman was viciously attacked by her ex-boyfriend with a hammer. The two came face to face in court Friday for the first time since the violent attack.

The victim Sheritta Montgomery, 33 of Murfreesboro, had to be assisted into the courtroom.

She was wearing a neck brace and eye patch from injuries she received from the alleged hammer attack.

Montgomery sat only feet away from her former boyfriend and alleged attacker Steven Akins, 27, of Halls Hill Pike Murfreesboro.

"We believe that Mr. Akins is absolutely innocent, and we intend to introduce evidence to prove that," Akins' attorney Sunny Eaton said.

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Hazley was hoping to hold a preliminary hearing Friday afternoon to try and prove there is enough evidence to send this case to a grand jury.

But defense attorneys asked that the case be continued, so they could have their own investigators inspect the victim's vehicle.

Akins is alleged to have damaged it by busting out a window and denting it with a hammer before attacking the Montgomery.

"We would request it (vehicle) be preserve in its current state; again in the interest of justice this car is a central point to this case and what happened to it," Eaton said. "That car is a crime scene. Our client's life is on the line, and due process requires that we investigate all the evidence and we should have a right to do that."

Nearly a year ago, Montgomery accused Akins of aggravated stalking after he allegedly pull up next to her in a vehicle and told her that she was wrong and that she was going to get hers, according to court documents.

He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of harassment, and was put on probation for 11 months and 29 days, and was order to have no contact with the victim.

But less than two weeks before these conditions would have been removed, he was accused of attacking Montgomery in the driveway of her Shoreham Street home.

He allegedly told her, "that's what you get for talking crazy," after the violent attack.

Doctors who treated Montgomery said she would probably lose the eye due to the injuries sustained from the hammer.

Defense attorneys will have their inspection of the vehicle next week in the presence of Murfreesboro police.

A preliminary hearing will be held Aug. 18.

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