Murder in the Wicked West is featuring the case of Matthew Misener, who was murdered by Eduardo Montano and his ex-wife, Georgina Misener, who also orchestrated the killing.
In the early hours of Feb. 10, 2020, the police department in Clifton, Arizona, received a call about a crashed vehicle on U.S. Highway 191 that appeared to have been in a shooting.
When first responders arrived, they found Matthew inside a black Chevrolet Tahoe with three gunshot wounds to the head.
The 35-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Matthew was on his way to his job at Morenci Mine when he was ambushed near the horseshoe curve.
Authorities believed it was planned, as he was in a custody battle with his ex-wife, attempting to get full custody of their three children.
The day after the shooting, Matthew was scheduled to appear in a Pima County courtroom for a hearing.
Witness and tips led to Eduardo Montano’s arrest
Court documents showed that just several days before Matthew’s death, someone in a white sedan took photos of his vehicle while he was visiting his children.
He and his fiance then snapped a picture of the vehicle’s license plate number, which is how detectives found out the vehicle was registered to Montano.
On Feb. 12, police officials in Tucson issued a warrant for Montano’s arrest, but he was already in custody.
The then-36-year-old was extradited to a Greenlee County jail and held on a $1 million bond.
Montano was initially charged with premeditated murder in the first degree. It was amended to second-degree murder, which he pleaded guilty to.
Eduardo Montano confessed to killing Matthew Misener
He told authorities that he had conspired with Georgina before he shot Matthew with a 9 mm Ruger handgun, and he did it so that he would miss his court hearing.
According to a Greenlee County attorney, Georgina feared that if he showed up for court, she would be held in contempt because she had stopped Matthew from seeing their children several times.
Georgina initially claimed to be innocent. But on Nov. 13, she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and second-degree murder.
In September 2020, a Graham County judge sentenced Montano to more than 33 years in prison. The following year, Georgina received the same sentence.
The judge also ordered Montano to pay $1,919 in restitution.
Murder in the Wicked West airs Mondays at 9/8c on Investigation Discovery.