Man charged with rape in mysterious death of Indiana University student Avery McMillan
Two weeks after 20-year-old Indiana University student Avery McMillan was found unresponsive in a Bloomington home, cops on Wednesday arrested the landlady in connection with her death.
Eric Montgomery, 33, now faces a charge of rape when the victim is disabled or mentally impaired, as well as a charge of giving alcohol to an underage person, arrest records show. This is the only arrest to stem from McMillan’s mysterious death on August 17.
Additional details about what transpired between McMillan and Montgomery were not released Wednesday. Cops said earlier this month that Montgomery called 911 and said McMillan was unresponsive at his home. First responders arrived and gave McMillan three doses of Narcan – an opioid overdose treatment – to no avail. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cops said Montgomery cooperated with police at the time, telling detectives he had met McMillan the night before, picked her up near campus, and brought her to his nearby home. Authorities have not said what else happened between McMillan’s pick-up and his death the next morning.
While the use of Narcan suggests McMillan’s death may have been linked to an overdose, cops are still awaiting test results from a medical examiner that will definitively identify his cause of death. Authorities said the results could take up to a month to arrive.
Montgomery, who authorities say has a “violent and extensive criminal history,” was arrested without incident during a traffic stop Wednesday. A special division, called the Critical Incident Response Team, assisted in the arrest because of his criminal history, the Monroe County Sheriff‘s Office said.
Court records show a judge approved an arrest warrant for Montgomery on Tuesday and set his bond at $100,000.
Montgomery has been the subject of a slew of arrests in Indiana, the most recent for possession of marijuana on August 4.
Among the felony arrests on Montgomery’s file are a charge of endangering a person while driving while intoxicated in 2019, household battery in 2018, burglary and credit card fraud. credit in 2012 and selling a counterfeit substance in 2011, records show.
Friends and family have since taken to social media to remember McMillan, saying she was ‘so generous’ and ‘always there to help everyone’, according to a GoFundMe set up by her friend, Gabrielle Parsons.
The 20-year-old was a senior at Indiana University and part of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, the chapter wrote in a Facebook post, praising her ability to build relationships.
“Avery, you were a beautiful free spirit who brightened our lives,” Madi Gen wrote on an online memorial page. “You were so generous with your love and gave joy and comfort to many people. You were so full of life and still had so much to offer the world.