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'Show Me What Kind Of Man You Are,' Woman Texts Boyfriend While Plotting Ex's Murder
When Georgina Misener's ex-husband, Matthew, got engaged, she made sure his wedding day would never happen.
Georgina and Matthew Misener's marriage fell apart when they became parents to multiple children. Ultimately, new relationships and more fighting over the kids would lead to a disturbing murder.
Georgina and Matthew began dating in 2011. They were a classic case of opposites being attracted to each other. Where Matthew was introverted, Georgina was outgoing. While Matthew had grown up in a loving home in Arizona, Georgina came from a troubled background. Her father allegedly abused her mother and later ended up in prison, according to "Snapped," airing Sundays at 6/5c on Oxygen.
Fortunately, Georgina’s stepfather would provide a stabilizing influence. In high school, Georgina was a good student with interests in soccer, choir, and drama. But in her senior year, Georgina began using drugs and dropped out before graduating. Ultimately, she went to rehab, and by the time she met Matthew, Georgina had been sober for two years.
The two were married in 2013, and soon after, Georgina became pregnant. To support his family, Matthew got a job at the Morenci Copper Mine. The Miseners moved to Safford, Arizona, about 40 minutes from the mines. After their son was born, a daughter arrived a little over a year later.
But by the time of Georgina’s third pregnancy, the Miseners’ marriage was falling apart. Mathew worked long hours and Georgina struggled at home with two small children. They would ultimately divorce in 2017.
Following the split, Georgina and the kids moved into her parents' home in Tucson. That December, she gave birth to her and Matthew’s third child. Custody soon became a tricky topic.
“When Matthew and Georgina did get divorced, they had 50/50 custody by the courts. Matthew wanted to be cordial and follow the judge’s orders but [Georgina] always wanted to be involved when he had the kids. She was being more difficult,” Matthew’s sister Christine Simpson told “Snapped.”
Soon after his divorce, Matthew began dating a co-worker named Nicole Chacon. They became engaged in 2019 and planned to marry on St. Patrick’s Day 2020.
But that happy day would never arrive. On the morning of Feb 10, 2020, a local fire chief spotted an SUV crashed on the side of Route 191 near Safford. The driver was slouched over in the front seat and covered in blood. The side of the car was riddled with bullet holes.
“At that point the fire chief realized that the victim had three bullet holes in the side of his face,” Clifton Police Sgt. Shari Aguilar told “Snapped.”
Officers with the Clifton Police Department arrived on the scene and at first suspected the shooting was a road rage incident. The amount of bullet holes, however, suggested the killing was personal in nature.
A driver’s license inside the car identified the victim as Matthew Misener, 35.
No shell casings were found, but the medical examiner would later determine Misener died from three gunshot wounds to the head from a .9mm pistol.
Chacon soon arrived on the scene, having spotted the wreck on her way to work at the Morenci mine. She told authorities Matthew had left for work at 4 a.m.
When asked if there was anyone who would want to hurt Matthew, Chacon suggested Georgina Misener, according to the Eastern Arizona Courier newspaper.
Chacon said the problems had started six months earlier when Georgina claimed she had cancer and sent Matthew pictures of herself with a shaved head.
“She said, ‘I tried chemo. It about killed me and I stopped. And the medicine I was taking gave me really bad headache,'” said Simpson.
While Matthew offered to help, Georgina instead used it as an excuse to limit his visitation rights. When Nicole confronted her fiancé’s ex-wife, it led to a physical altercation.
“Georgina, she slapped Nicole and they got into a scuffle,” said Ellison.
Georgina subsequently filed a complaint against Matthew and Nicole with Child Protective Services, claiming they were abusing their children. After investigating the allegations, CPS determined them to be untrue.
“There was nothing that indicated that Matthew abused those children,” said Ellison.
Concerned about his ex-wife’s physical and mental health, Matthew petitioned for full custody in February 2020.
“The next day, on that Tuesday, February 11, was the custody hearing where possibly Matthew was going to get some sort of custody of the children,” explained Aguilar.
Could Georgina have turned to murder to prevent that from happening?
A witness said he saw a white sedan fleeing the scene. Nicole had told investigators that five days earlier, Matthew had gone to see his children and a man in a white sedan began taking pictures of his vehicle, according to the Eastern Arizona Courier. He was able to photograph the car’s license plate and sent it to Chacon, who shared it with police.
The vehicle belonged to two Tucson men: Eduardo Montano Jr., and his grandfather, Samuel. Montano had two misdemeanor warrants and was taken into custody.
Montano told investigators he and Georgina had dated briefly. He knew she and Matthew were in a custody dispute but denied taking pictures of his vehicle.
Though Montano said he was aware of an “accident” in Clifton, he also denied any involvement in Matthew’s murder. He claimed he had spent the night with friends before returning to his grandfather’s home, where he lived.
His grandfather, however, contradicted his statement to police.
“I asked Mr. Sandoval, ‘Was Edward here all night?’ and he said, ‘No, as a matter of fact he wasn’t here. He left at 10 o’clock at night. He didn’t come back until about 8 or 8:30 in the morning,'” Ellison told "Snapped." “The time periods, they all lined up. The shooting happens around 5 o’clock, that gives sufficient time to drive that vehicle from 5 o’clock, three hours, to get back to Tucson.”
A .9mm pistol was subsequently found during a search of Montano’s bedroom. Forensics tests would determine it was used in Matthew’s murder.
Montano was arrested for killing Matthew.
Investigators spoke with Georgina, who claimed Matthew and Nicole were abusive to their children. She said that Nicole had threatened and beaten her on the occasion of their altercation.
“I did not feel safe with Nicole. I knew what I needed to do. I put in temporary sole custody,” Georgina is heard telling investigators in her taped interview, which was obtained by “Snapped.”
She claimed she had dated Montano for a month and the two had confided in each other about past abuse they had both suffered. Montano then became concerned for the welfare of her children.
“He just says that he’s not, he just doesn’t want nobody to hurt them,” said Georgina.
When asked if she was involved in Matthew’s murder, Georgina responded, “I don’t want to say anything else.”
Investigators learned that Georgina faked her cancer diagnosis, downloading photographs off the internet to send to her ex-husband and his family to generate sympathy. They also gained access to Georgina’s phone records and obtained since-deleted text messages which indicated she and Eduardo had been stalking Matthew.
“Been outside Matt’s all night and haven’t seen him,” read a text message sent from Montano to Georgina days before the murder, which was obtained by “Snapped.”
“You're in my thoughts always. I do love you and we love you,” read one message from Georgina to Montano, indicating their relationship went deeper than either admitted to police.
On the eve of the custody hearing, Georgina had demanded Montano murder Matthew to prove his love to her.
“Eduardo says, ‘Hey, I don’t want to do this,'” said Ellison. “She responds back saying, ‘If you want to marry me, you need to show me what kind of man you are.’”
Ten hours after the text exchange, Matthew was found dead. A day after obtaining the text messages, Clifton Police arrested Georgina Misener for first-degree murder and conspiracy.
In September 2020, Eduardo Montano Jr. was sentenced to 33 years and nine months in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, according to the Eastern Arizona Courier.
Georgina Misener followed suit in January 2021, pleading guilty to second-degree murder and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault, and was sentenced to 33 years and 9 months in prison, according to Arizona’s Gila Herald newspaper.